CAPTORS OF FRENCHMAN HAVE QAEDA OR MALI LINKS – FRENCH PRESIDENT

Malian terrorists onboard a gun-truck(aka 'technical')

Malian terrorists onboard a gun-truck(aka ‘technical’)

December 21, 2012
PARIS, France (AFP)

Gunmen who abducted a Frenchman in northern Nigeria probably have links to Al Qaeda’s north African group or to
Islamist groups in northern Mali, French President Francois Hollande said Friday.

“He was captured by a heavily armed
group which killed two Nigerians and
is probably linked to AQIM (Al-Qaeda
in the Islamic Maghreb) or the groups
which are today in Mali,”he told a French radio station. “We have to be firm when it comes to terrorism while at the same time maintaining contacts to free” French nationals, he told Europe 1 radio.

On Thursday, a group of around 30 gunmen stormed a residence in the
northern Nigerian state of Katsina where expatriate workers were staying. They kidnapped a French engineer, killing a security guard and a neighbour. His employer, French company Vergnet
said the man was a contractor working for the firm, which specialises in alternative energy and has a wind power project in Katsina.

Islamists of the Boko Haram group are
fighting to create an Islamic state in
Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north, though
Katsina has been spared its attacks.Katsina state has a border with Niger
and to the west of Niger lies northern
Mali, where a group of hardline Islamists seized control earlier this year. AQIM, which is also active in the region, is holding several French hostages snatched in this part of Africa.

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4 Responses to CAPTORS OF FRENCHMAN HAVE QAEDA OR MALI LINKS – FRENCH PRESIDENT

  1. beegeagle says:

    ELSEWHERE, BEEGEAGLE WROTE:

    QUOTE

    ” I am willing to bet on the fact that, happening within a 30 mile radius of the Niger-Nigeria border, these are terrorists who moved in from the Maradi-Zinder-Tahoua axis of Niger, most likely AQIM/MOJWA members, working with Nigerian syndicates who receive payoffs for helping to seize expatriates for ransom.”

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/french-national-kidnapped-in-northern-nigeria-2-persons-killed/

    end of quote

    Get a hand on the button. Stay with Beegeagle’s Blog – precision guaranteed

  2. yaqubjan says:

    Yes indeed, Beeg… Katsina is not generally in Shekau’s factions AO — rarely has BH attacked there if I’m not mistaken, but it could be another BH faction, such as “Ansaru”, which did the kidnapping in Kebbi and Sokoto of the British and Italian (according to the UK), and that kidnapping appear to be AQIM-linked. As you note, this probably is too, especially with the targeting of a Frenchman so close to Niger.

  3. beegeagle says:

    @YaqubJan.

    The BH involvement in this would almost certainly have been championed by the Ansar faction. That cell, led by Abu Mohammed, who succumbed to injuries sustained in a gun battle at Zaria after a local cell meeting was assaulted by security forces last March, is known to have links to AQIM. It was this faction which kidnapped and held expatriates in Sokoto(the Italian and Briton who got killed in a botched Anglo-Nigerian commando raid).

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/boko-haram-factional-leader-dies-in-sss-custody-of-battlefield-injuries/

    In a April, a Mauritanian national said to be the local AQIM arrowhead at Kano was also arrested. It had to do with the kidnap of a German national

    https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/sss-raid-nabs-mauritanian-4-others-with-al-qaeda-links-over-german-kidnap/

    I am led to believe that either of two things are at play in all of the foregoing

    - AQIM-MUJAO have formed an alliance with a buccaneering renegade faction of BH and they operate in the Mali-Niger-Nigeria axis, abducting Westerners and moving them across borders to evade detection. They almost certainly operate from Niger, abducting expatriates in Nigeria and Niger, holding them temporarily in Niger and at opportune moments, moving them into Mali where they are strongest and state authority is weakest.

    - the said renegade faction of BH kidnap expatriates directly and immediately hand them over to AQIM in exchange for hefty cash payments which the said renegade BH faction use to finance their operations.

  4. yaqubjan says:

    Thanks Beeg, now why do you suppose Shekau’s faction doesn’t engage in kidnapping as a strategy, while MUJAO and AQIM do? I mean Abu Qaqa said they don’t kidnap in general you don’t see Shekau kidnapping anyone, except for renegade factions like Abu Muhammad and this Ansar group, but I don’t these two factions are under Shekau?

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