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Swiss woman kidnapped from Mali’s Timbuktu, army spokesman says

 

swiss woman kidnapped A Swiss woman was kidnapped overnight from a house in the northern Mali city of Timbuktu, a spokesman for the Malian army, Souleymane Maiga told Reuters on Friday.

He gave no details of the incident or the woman’s identity, but a resident of the city said the victim was a Swiss missionary who had already been kidnapped once before.

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“I confirm that a European woman was kidnapped in Timbuktu at 3.30 a.m. (0330 GMT). A neighbour alerted the security forces around 6 a.m.,” he said, later adding that she was Swiss.

In 2012, Islamist fighters in northern Mali kidnapped Beatrice Stockly, a Swiss woman working as a missionary in Timbuktu, and released her days later. A resident of Timbuktu who knows Stockly told Reuters it was she who was kidnapped overnight.

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