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Mali arrests suspects in journos' murder

04 November 2013, 18:35

Bamako - Around a dozen suspects have been arrested over the killing of two French journalists in Mali, a police source in the north of the country told AFP on Monday.

"A dozen suspects have been arrested since the murder of two Radio France Internationale (RFI) journalists," said a police source in Gao, the main city in northern Mali.

Radio France Internationale (RFI) journalist Ghislaine Dupont, 57, and sound technician Claude Verlon, 55, were kidnapped and killed by what Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius coined "terrorist groups" in the flashpoint northeastern town of Kidal on Saturday.

Their murder has shaken France, which just days ago was celebrating the return of four hostages who had been held for three years after being abducted in Mali's neighbour Niger.

On Monday, Fabius told RTL radio "operations" were under way in Mali in a bid to "identify a certain number of people in camps."

But a source close to Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian who refused to be named told AFP French forces had "information" that could allow the murderers to be tracked down.

Dupont and Verlon's bodies were found riddled with bullets just hours after they were kidnapped on Saturday, lying by a pick-up truck they had been abducted in.

Fabius said Dupont was killed with two bullets in the chest while Verlon "received three bullets in the head."

"When the French forces arrived behind the pick-up, they saw someone escaping not far away, around 1 500m away, they followed him but did not catch him."

The two veteran journalists had travelled to Kidal to interview a spokesperson for the Tuareg separatist group the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), and were abducted outside his home, according to their employer.



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