Tuaregs release kidnapped Swiss woman
TIMBUKTU, Mali: Gunmen in Mali's rebel-held north released on Tuesday a Swiss woman who had been abducted in the desert town of Timbuktu on April 15, witnesses and the Swiss government said.
The woman, Beatrice Stockly, was released some seven km north of Timbuktu by members of Ansar Dine, the witnesses said.
"She was wearing a black veil and made no statement when she was released," one of the witnesses, Cherif Moulaye, told Reuters by telephone.
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He said she was put into a helicopter containing the head of Burkina Faso's armed forces, Brig. Gen. Gilbert Dindere.
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The Swiss foreign ministry issued a statement confirming a woman kidnapped on April 15 in Timbuktu had been released, adding she was now in a safe place and in good health.
Residents said Stockly was a missionary who had lived in Timbuktu, and old Sahara trading town and a seat of Islamic learning, for a number of years and spoke several local languages.
A mix of Tuareg separatists and rebels captured Timbuktu on April 1 in the final leg of their lightning advance southwards through Mali's desert north, as government forces retreated in the aftermath of a coup in the capital.
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