French aid worker Sophie Petronin kidnapped in Mali

French aid worker Sophie Petronin kidnapped in Mali

A Frenchwoman who runs an organisation for malnourished children has been kidnapped in Mali’s restive north, France’s foreign ministry confirmed on Sunday, as French troops joined in the search for the aid worker. Sophie Petronin was abducted in the city of Gao on Saturday, the ministry said, adding that French and Malian authorities were working […]

Niger says US aid worker likely kidnapped by Mali jihadists

Niger says US aid worker likely kidnapped by Mali jihadists

A US aid worker kidnapped in Niger is likely being held by jihadists from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao), the country’s interior minister said Sunday. Jeffery Woodke — the first American to be kidnapped in the west African country – was seized at gunpoint from his home in the central […]

UN peacekeeper killed, others wounded in Mali attack

UN peacekeeper killed, others wounded in Mali attack

A UN peacekeeper was killed and eight others injured on Monday in an attack on their camp in northeastern Mali near the Algerian border, the United Nations said. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the four coordinated assaults targeting the UN mission known as MINUSMA and said that attacks on peacekeepers are war crimes. A peacekeeper […]

Mali defence minister fired after jihadists temporarily seize town

Mali defence minister fired after jihadists temporarily seize town

Mali’s defence minister Tieman Hubert Coulibaly was fired Saturday, officials told AFP, a day after jihadists briefly took control of a town in the country’s centre. A decree released by the government stated his post had been revoked after militants stepped up attacks in the country’s centre in recent months, targeting government and military installations. […]