2 French Journalists Kidnapped, Killed in Mali
Radio reporters taken following interview
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 2, 2013 2:31 PM CDT
In this July 28, 2013 file photo, a French military convoy drives through a neighborhood of Kidal in northern Mali.   (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

(Newser) – Two French radio journalists were kidnapped by gunmen in northern Mali today and killed hours later, the French Foreign Ministry says. It says the bodies of Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont have been found. Earlier, radio station RFI confirmed the kidnappings on its website, saying that the two were taken in the early afternoon by armed men in Kidal and had not been heard from since. The ministry said French and Malian authorities "are putting everything in place so that light can be shed as quickly as possible on the circumstances of their deaths."

A Malian military head, Col. Mamari Camara, said he had received a phone call in the afternoon from his men in the field confirming the two reporters had been taken. The two were grabbed by several armed men in a 4x4 after they finished an interview with a Tuareg rebel leader, a Kidal city official said. Northern Mali last year was seized by a faction of al-Qaeda which has used kidnappings of foreigners, especially French citizens, to bankroll its operations.

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reallybig
Nov 3, 2013 11:23 PM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD...... Any American or European news reporters, or aid workers or doctors .. are (CIA) and European spies .. that's how they get their information. They die, serving their countries.. while spying for their countries............ REALLY
Demosthenes
Nov 2, 2013 5:58 PM CDT
Truly a sad story. Our prayers go out to the families of these brave journalists.
Norman Johnson
Nov 2, 2013 5:02 PM CDT
Knowing that the Al Qaeda facton there kidnaps foreigners to hold for ransom to support their operations and the fact that there is no actual law in that area, why did the journalists even go there?I'm not gonna say the two murdered guys were stupid,as one should not speak ill of the dead,but a little common sense would have gone a long way in preventing this tragedy. Like stay the hell outta Mali for your own good, maybe.