Al Qaeda claims kidnapping of 2 Australians in Burkina Faso

Al Qaeda claims responsibility for kidnapping two Australians in Burkina Faso stating one captive will be released

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Burkinabe soldiers walk outside the Splendid Hotel, a day after security forces retook the hotel from Al Qaeda terrorists who seized it in an assault that killed at least 28, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, January 17, 2016.

The Al Qaeda terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the January 15 kidnapping of two Australians in northern Burkina Faso, according to an audio statement released by the group in Maghreb on Friday.

The couple, kidnapped at night in northern Burkina Faso near the border with Mali are Australians citizens who run a clinic and have lived in the West African nation since 1972, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said last month.

Until now there was no information linking the kidnapping to an attack on the same night, which was carried out on the Splendid Hotel by Al Qaeda and claimed the lives of 27 people from 18 different nationalities.

The statement, released on the group’s official channel, had also stated that the group decided to release one of the captives, a woman, unconditionally.


TRTWorld, Reuters