Hostage video shows Swiss woman kidnapped in Mali
A video has been released by a Mali-based al-Qaeda affiliate showing six foreign hostages, including Swiss missionary worker Beatrice Stöckli.
The release of the video coincides with a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron who is in Mali to firm up western backing for a regional force against militants.
Ms. Stöckli was kidnapped in Mali in January 2016. This is the second time she has been held hostage. She was first kidnapped in 2012 and released after nine days by her captors.
The 17-minute video was released by a group calling itself the Group to Support Islam and Muslims. The group was formed in March this year as a result of a merger between Mali-based jihadist group Ansar Dine, al-Mourabitoun, and the Sahara branch of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
The video says that no ‘genuine’ negotiations to release the captives have taken place but that negotiations are ‘still active’.