Jihadists cancel negotiations to release Christian Missionaries in Mali
Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin, the Islamic terrorist group operating in Mali which abducted foreign workers and missionaries since 2015, has announced that it has suspended the negotiations that were going on to free the hostages.
Giving the announcement on Wednesday 19 December, the Al Qaeda affiliated Jihadi sect said it has indefinitely ceased “any type of communication” regarding the release of five hostages in captivity.
The terrorist group gave the names of the hostages; Iulian G. (Romania), Jocelyn E. (Australia), Beatrice S. (Switzerland), Gloria Cecilia N.A. (Colombia) and Sophie P. (France), and blamed the French Government for being “directly responsible” for the cancellation of the negotiations, as well as blaming other countries whose nationals are hostages.
There has not yet been any statement by the Malian or the french government on this development.
Mali’s Jama’a Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin, Nigeria’s Boko Haram and Niger’s coalition of terrorist groups building alliance have generated some concern for the United States of America, France and Britain since the war on ISIL which dispersed the Jihadist to Sub-Saharan Africa where the governments are weak and the terrain ungoverned by the various countries in the region.
Hassan John is West Africa Editor GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos