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French aid worker , Sophie Petronin abducted by militant group in Mali

As the French aid worker, goes missing, the Malian officials say a key militant group has “certainly” been responsible for the abduction of Sophie.
Sophie Petronin is known for her years of charity work in the West African country.

“The first indications show that she was certainly taken hostage by a group, al-Mourabitoun,” prosecutor Boubacar Sidiki Samake said on Wednesday.

Mourabitoun, a militant group operating in North and the Sahara, led by Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, has made no claims as yet for the alleged kidnapping last weekend in northern Mali.

Sophie Petronin. the French-Swiss aid worker, is missing since December 24. Petronin had escaped from being kidnaped by militants in Gao in 2012 also.

France’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed that she has been kidnapped, and that for her recovery, a joint search has been launched. According to sources, French forces are now also contributing to the search operation.

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