Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI) claimed on Wednesday the murder of the two French journalists Ghislaine Dupond and Claude Verlon who were abducted in Kidal in North Mali.
The terrorist group published a press release to Sahara media, a Mauritanian website in Arabic language. France is directly targeted by the terrorist organization which mentions “François Hollande and his population”, justifying the death of the two journalists by the “infringements of the West against the Muslims.”
“This operation intervenes in reply to the crimes comitted by France and African troops against the Malian”, AQMI’s statement said. AQMI considers that the murder of both journalists”constitutes the minimum of the price which Hollande and his population have to pay in return of their new crusade”, concludes the text.
Ms Dupont, 57, and Mr Verlon, 58, worked for Radio France International (RFI). They were kidnapped and shot dead on Saturday after interviewing a local leader in the northern town of Kidal. The bodies of the journalists have been repatriated to France on Tuesday.
The French government declared that France will do ” all in its power ” so that the murder of both journalists “ doesn’t stay unpunished whoever the authors are”.
Amandine POINTEL, 3G2