Swiss nun captured by Islamist militants - for the second time

Beatrice Stockly explains the conditions which would see her freed in a video released by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

Samuel Osborne
Wednesday 27 January 2016 11:17
Comments
Beatrice Stockly upon her arrival at Ouagadougou airbase after she was freed on 24 April, 2012
Beatrice Stockly upon her arrival at Ouagadougou airbase after she was freed on 24 April, 2012

A Swiss nun who was abducted in 2012 has appeared in a hostage video released by al-Qaeda after she was kidnapped again by Islamists.

Beatrice Stockly was captured by armed jihadists, who climbed the walls of her home in Timbuktu, Mali, earlier this month.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a video of Ms Stockly dressed in a hijab, in front of an al-Qaeda banner.

She explains the conditions which would see her released, which include the freeing of Islamist extremist Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, who is in custody at the International Criminal Court.

They also call for the release of AQIM members who are imprisoned by the Malian government.

In the video, an English-speaking militant says the nun was abducted for teaching Christianity.

He says: "We, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the Sahara region, declare our responsibility for the kidnapping of this Christianising kaffir Beatrice Stockly, who by her work, drove out many from the fold of Islam by seducing them with crumbs of this worldly life."

Speaking after Ms Stockly was abducted from her home on 8 January, Bilal Mahamane Traore, a town councillor in Timbuktu, said: "People were sleeping but neighbours heard the noise - the woman screamed a lot.

"Not a single neighbour, though, called security forces."

Ms Stockly was first kidnapped in April 2012, but returned to missionary work after being released two weeks later.

She remained in Timbuktu when the town fell to extremists linked to al-Qaeda and was abducted and passed to the militant group Ansar Dine.

She was freed by helicopter 10 days later in a pre-arranged hand over between Burkina Faso and the rebels.

At the time, she was accused of proselytising for Christianity and warned she would be executed if she returned to Timbuktu.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in