Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

In Memory of Jean-Karim Fall, 1958-2017

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Bad diplomacy, brawls & bromance

Read more

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Pitch Perfect's Brittany Snow becomes an urban warrior

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US President wraps up world tour in Italy (Part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US President wraps up world tour in Italy (Part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

The battle against illegal fishing in West Africa

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Trump has already quit the Paris climate deal - just not publicly

Read more

#TECH 24

The Ice Memory Project: A treasure trove for future scientists

Read more

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Stars dig deep at AIDS gala dinner

Read more

France

France rules out immediate military action to rescue Niger hostages

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-09-24

France's military head, Admiral Edouard Guillaud (pictured), said Friday that the government is not currently considering military intervention to free seven hostages kidnapped in Niger last week by the North African al Qaeda.

AP - The head of the French military says a possible military operation to free seven hostages abducted last week in Niger is not under consideration for the moment.

Military chief of staff Adm. Edouard Guillaud says the hostages’ lives are not currently “directly threatened,” but he did not rule out a military operation later.
 
Al-Qaida’s North African affiliate claimed responsibility for the Sept. 16 abduction, which took place in a heavily guarded uranium mining town in northern Niger. Five of the hostages are French nationals, one is from Togo and another is from Madagascar.
 
The group has warned against any possible military operation.
 
Guillaud told Europe-1 Friday that French officials are trying to make contact with the abductors.

Date created : 2010-09-24

  • TERRORISM

    Key figures in al Qaeda's North African branch

    Read more

  • MAURITANIA

    Al Qaeda claims to have killed 19 Mauritanian soldiers

    Read more

  • TERRORISM

    Mauritanian troops clash with suspected al Qaeda militants

    Read more

COMMENT(S)