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Kidnappings

Dr Dzabana, head of civil society, kidnapped

Dr. Alex Dzabana, head of civil society in Congo, president of the M22 association, was allegedly kidnapped this morning outside his home in Brazzaville. His relatives are awaiting news. Joe Washington Ebina, another civil society figure in Congo-Brazzaville, recounts the events: “We were informed that around 1 p.m. 8 was a…

344 high school students kidnapped from the Kankara boarding school have been released

In Nigeria, high school students who were caught last weekend at their boarding school in Kankara, northwestern Nigeria, were released on the evening of Thursday, December 17. This mass kidnapping was claimed twice by Abubakar Shekau, leader of a Boko Haram faction, first Tuesday, then Thursday, through a video showing dozens of children being shown by armed men. Some of them are now free, while the…

Kidnapping from high school will be the government’s priority

Still no news of high school students being kidnapped from their school on the night of Thursday the 10th until Friday the 11th in the state of Katsina in northwestern Nigeria. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered all his security services to prioritize this issue. One of the president's spokesmen, Shehu Garba, claims that the perpetrators of this mass kidnapping were in a forest in the state…

a US citizen kidnapped in Massalata

A US citizen was kidnapped in southern Niger overnight from Monday to Tuesday by six attackers who came on foot. as reported from Niger, Moussa KakaThe kidnapped U.S. citizen had lived for a year in the Massalata fortress, not far from the border with Nigeria. A year ago, Philip Walton had bought a garden and moved there with…

Liberation of hostages in Mali: what position for Moustapha Chafi, former adviser to Compaoré?

Who negotiated the discharge of 4 hostages, together with Soumaïla Cissé and Sophie Pétronin, two weeks in the past in northern Mali? Among the many names circulating is the Mauritanian Moustapha Chafi, who for a very long time was the particular adviser to Burkinabé President Blaise Compaoré. Final Sunday, after 11 years of exile, Moustapha Chafi returned to his nation. On this event, he provides some confidentiality about his work as a…

Kidnappings rising in Libya

The Nationwide Fee on Human Rights in Libya (NHCR) in a press release condemned the arbitrary detention of considered one of its administrators since 1 October. Walid Elhouderi is accountable for liaison and worldwide coordination within the Fee. He was taken by forces underneath the command of the Nationwide Unity Authorities led by Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli. His arbitrary detention highlights a…

many national hostages held in the Sahel along with Westerners

The release of the French hostage, Sophie Pétronin, put the spotlight on Westerners still being held in the Sahel. But next to them, there are also an unknown number of Malian and Sahelin hostages. Hostage participation of premises that are much less mentioned. This week, twenty people were kidnapped in the municipality of Farabougou, in the middle of the country. Nine of them were still selected this Sunday. These hostages, targeting anonymous Malians, are less talked about than Westerners or leading personalities such…

In the news: the underside of a liberation

After moments of joy and effusion, following the release late last week in Mali of the three Western hostages and opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé, the continent's press is focusing on the underside of transactions on Monday. How many jihadists have been freed in exchange for hostages? Impossible to have an exact number. We're talking about 200 warriors. What is certain is that some of them met last Friday to celebrate their release. "The elements of GSIM, the support group for Islam and Muslims, wereted no time in…

behind the scenes of the release of the hostages, tough negotiations

The release on Thursday night of the four hostages in Mali, Soumaïla Cissé, Sophie Pétronin and the two Italians, Nicola Chiacchio and father Pier Luigi Maccalli, came after long and difficult negotiations with a long uncertain outcome. A ransom would have been paid and many jihadists were released by the Malian authorities. A look back at what we know about the negotiations and the compensation required. with our correspondent in Bamako, On April 5, a few days after the kidnapping of Soumaïla Cissé, the then Prime…

a Swiss missionary, held hostage, was killed by her captors

Another hostage in Mali, a Swiss woman, was killed by her captors. Bern officially announced it on Friday evening, October 9th. We do not currently know if his death has anything to do with the release of Soumaila Cissé and Sophie Pétronin. The Swiss authorities have not announced the name of the hostage who would have been…

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