The recently formed Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen issued the video Saturday on Telegram, according to SITE
AN al-Qaeda-linked group in Mali has released a proof-of-life video showing six foreign hostages ahead of the French president’s visit to the country for an anti-terror summit.The recently formed terror group Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen issued the video Saturday on Telegram, the SITE Intelligence Group said.
The video shows Stephen McGowan of South Africa, Elliot Kenneth Arthur of Australia, Iulian Ghergut of Romania, Beatrice Stockly of Switzerland, Gloria Cecilia Narvaez of Colombia and Sophie Petronin of France.
A narrator can be heard saying: “No genuine negotiations have begun to rescue your children.”
The narrator also mentions the recently elected French President Emmanuel Macron, saying that Petronin “is hoping that the new French president will come to her rescue.”
Macron said he welcomed the first sign of life for several months from Petronin.
He said of the jihadis: “These people are nothing. They are terrorists, thugs and assassins.
“And we will put all of our energies into eradicating them.”
Macron met Sunday in Mali with heads of state from five nations across Africa’s Sahel region to build support for a new 5,000-strong multinational force to counter extremists there.
Deadly attacks in recent years in countries once considered relatively safe have alarmed the international community.
In March, a video announced the creation of Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen from a merger of three extremist groups: the al-Qaida-linked al-Mourabitoun, Ansar Dine and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
The new terror super-group claimed responsibility for last month’s attack on a resort area popular with foreigners outside Mali’s capital that killed at least five people.
A number of the hostages have been held in Mali for several years.
Of the six shown in the video, McGowan was seized earliest, abducted in 2011 from a hostel in Timbuktu.
Narvaez, a nun, was the most recently seized, abducted in February near the border with Burkina Faso.
The video comes after Sweden’s government on Monday announced the release of Johan Gustafsson, who was held by Islamic extremists in Mali for six years.
Date-stamped: 2017, July, 2nd . | Time-stamped: 6:05 pm | By: Tom Michael | Article Link: thesun.co.uk | Article Title: SIGN OF LIFE Al-Qaeda group in Mali releases proof of life footage of SIX foreign hostages – as French president vows to eradicate ‘thug’ terrorist captors