Kidnap industry funding Mali’s ‘gangster-jihadists’ | Essentials

Kidnap industry funding Mali’s ‘gangster-jihadists’

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TIMBUKTU, Mali — A military helicopter arced through the dusty yellow haze and dropped onto the sand a few kilometers from Timbuktu on April 24, settling inside a ring of Islamists armed with AK-47s and anti-aircraft guns. A general from neighboring Burkina Faso and a Swiss government aid worker emerged and joined an Islamist leader sheltering in a tent; they exchanged pleasantries over roasted goat and cans of fruit juice. About an hour later, after the Swiss official and Islamist leader had spent five minutes alone in the helicopter, a pickup truck arrived carrying Beatrice Stockly, a Swiss missionary who had been kidnapped nine days earlier. “I don’t know what they talked about, but soon after the Islamist left the helicopter, the hostage arrived,” said a witness who was on the helicopter that whisked Stockly, who arrived wearing a veil, to freedom.

People:

Beatrice Stockly

Overall Sentiment: -0.0767418

Relevance: 0.594494

Sentiment Quote
-0.211149 “I don’t know what they talked about, but soon after the Islamist left the helicopter, the hostage arrived,” said a witness who was on the helicopter that whisked Stockly, …
Sentiment Stats:
  • Number of Quotes: 1
  • Aggregate Sentiment: -0.211149
  • Mean: -0.211149
  • Standard Deviation: 1.4142135623731

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Additional Info:

City: TIMBUKTU

Overall Sentiment: -0.418201

Relevance: 0.897929

Country: Burkina Faso

Overall Sentiment: 0.180497

Relevance: 0.610998

Country: Mali

Overall Sentiment: -0.424671

Relevance: 0.439898

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Source Webpage: openchannel.nbcnews.com

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Kidnap industry funding Mali’s ‘gangster-jihadists’

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A multimillion-dollar, kidnap-and-ransom industry in West Africa’s dry north is funding al-Qaida-linked gunmen dubbed “gangster-jihadists.”

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~ by vandal3di3go on December 8, 2012.