the circumstances of the journalist’s kidnapping

In a video revealed on Wednesday, Could 5 on social networks, the French journalist Olivier Dubois claims to be the hostage of the jihadists from the Assist Group for Islam and Muslims. How did he find yourself there? Who’s his catcher? How did the kidnapping happen? RFI appears to be like again on the final moments earlier than the kidnapping.

as reported from Bamako, Serge Daniel

Previous to his arrival in Gao on April 8, French journalist Olivier Dubois had exchanged letters with a suspected jihadist chief looking ahead to him. Within the letters that our correspondent in Bamako may seek the advice of, there was a report.

Upon arrival in Gao, the identical intermediary, named Souleymane, greets him on the airport. The journalist’s enterprise was deposited on the lodge, he goes to the assembly place with the jihadist chief contained in the metropolis of Gao. As agreed, he’s with out his work materials, his future captors concern to be adopted.

Olivier Dubois had time to say to Souleymane: “Should you don’t hear from me in 45 minutes, you will need to inform my household and Barkane.” One week after his disappearance, worries start. Souleymane, the tour operator, instructed RFI: “I am apprehensive, Olivier was in all probability kidnapped.” The occasion involved confirms itself data in a video by specifying that it’s within the arms of GSIM, the assist group for Islam and Muslims (or JNIM).

As for Souleymane, the mediator, it’s within the arms of investigators.

He was to fulfill a cadre of a terrorist motion

Boubacar Sidiki Haïdara, former colleague of Olivier Dubois on the Journal du Mali

► To learn additionally: Mali: kidnapping of French journalist Olivier Dubois confirmed in a video revealed by GSIM


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