Three foreigners have been kidnapped and a fourth killed in a daring raid in Timbuktu, one of Mali’s most important tourist resorts. The nationalities of the foreigners have not been released.
It’s reported that the four were in a restaurant in the centre of the city when gunmen burst in. One of the four tried to escape and was gunned down, while the other three were taken away. It’s not immediately clear who is responsible, or where the foreigners are being held. Some sources implicate the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) group.
The kidnapping and killing comes just a few days after two French geologists, Philippe Verdon and Serge Lazarevic, were kidnapped in another part of the country. French soldiers, who happened to be in the country at the time, have reportedly joined the search for the kidnap victims.