Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

'It's a War, Stupid!'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

French PM calls on ECB to go further to help economy

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'I love the Socialists'

Read more

WEB NEWS

Ukraine: Web users call for international assistance

Read more

WEB NEWS

France: Fighting political corruption with transparency

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

No strategy and a beige suit

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

South Africa: Four men found guilty of shooting Rwandan exile

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - August 29th, 2014

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - August 29th, 2014 (part 2)

Read more

  • Ukrainian forces retreat from Luhansk airport after clashes

    Read more

  • Iraqi forces free Armeli in biggest victory over IS militants since June

    Read more

  • Anti-government protesters storm Pakistan's state TV

    Read more

  • PSG trounce Saint-Etienne 5-0 with Ibrahimovic hat trick

    Read more

  • Putin calls for talks on 'statehood' for east Ukraine

    Read more

  • Rescue efforts under way after French apartment block blast

    Read more

  • Poland marks 75 years since German invasion of WWII

    Read more

  • Israel appropriates large tracts of West Bank land

    Read more

  • Tension rises in Hong Kong as Beijing rejects open elections

    Read more

  • French police stop 'teenage jihadist' from flying to Syria

    Read more

  • Kidnapped Yazidi women 'sold to Islamists' in Syria

    Read more

  • Confusion reigns after Lesotho 'coup'

    Read more

  • French PM vows to safeguard 35-hour work week

    Read more

  • Inside Novoazovsk – the pro-Russians' latest conquest

    Read more

  • Filipino UN troops escape Islamists in Golan Heights

    Read more

Africa

Al Qaeda group sets new deadline for French hostage

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-02-06

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has demanded the release of four militants by Feb. 20. for release of two hostages it holds, including Frenchman Pierre Camatte (pictured), the SITE monitoring group said.

AFP - The north African branch of Al-Qaeda has set new deadlines for France and Italy to win the release of two hostages held in Mali, a monitoring service of Islamist websites said Friday.
  
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which has threatened to kill six European hostages it is holding, said it had extended its deadline for French captive Pierre Camatte until February 20, SITE reported.
  
It warned that the French and Mali governments must release four AQIM militants held in Mali to win Camatte's freedom.
  
"Once this precious additional period comes to an end, we will have done all that we can," the group warned in a communique released on jihadist forums, according to the SITE monitoring service.
  
For Italian hostage Sergio Cicala, AQIM said it was giving the Italian government 25 days, or until March 1, to meet its demands and release imprisoned members whose names it said have been given to Italian negotiators.
  
"We ask this government, which is involved in the war against Islam and Muslims, to be well aware that the protection of the life of its citizens requires it to be serious in dealing with our demands," it added.
  
The AQIM communique failed to mention three Spaniards also being held in the northern Mali desert region, or Cicala's wife, Philomene Pawelgba Kabore, who was captured with him.

Date created : 2010-02-06

COMMENT(S)