2 French journalists killed in Mali
DAKAR, Senegal — Gunmen abducted and killed two French radio journalists on assignment in northern Mali on Saturday, French and Malian officials said, grabbing the pair as they left the home of a rebel leader.
French President Francois Hollande expressed his “indignation at this odious act.”
Claude Verlon, 58, and Ghislaine Dupont, 51, were grabbed by several armed men in a truck, officials said.
It was not clear who killed the Radio France Internationale journalists. France began a military intervention in January in its former colony to try to oust jihadists from power in Kidal and other towns across northern Mali. Separatist rebels have since returned to the area.
The journalists' bodies were dumped a dozen miles outside the town on the road leading to Tinessako, a community to the east of Kidal, according to officials and a person who saw the corpses.
The radio station RFI confirmed the kidnappings on its website, describing the pair as professionals with experience in challenging areas.
Dupont was “passionate about her job and the African continent that she covered since joining RFI in 1986,” the website said. Verlon was “used to difficult terrain throughout the world.”
Staff members at RFI “are all in shock, profoundly saddened, indignant and angry,” it said.
France opened a judicial investigation into the kidnappings and deaths “linked to a terrorist enterprise,” the prosecutor's office said.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.