December 13, 2011 / 6:48 AM / 8 years ago

Al Qaeda posts photos of Europeans seized in Mali

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda’s North African wing posted photographs of five Europeans kidnapped last month in Mali on an Islamist website on Tuesday.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) last week claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of the five, two Frenchmen — whom it described as French spies — on one occasion and three other people from an undisclosed European country in a separate incident in the north of Mali a few days later.

In two photographs the hostages are surrounded by masked men holding guns.

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