Arab TV airs video of Frenchman kidnapped in Mali in 2011

An undated handout image released by Al-Andalus, the media branch of Al-Qaeda in the Magreb (AQMI) to the Agence Nouakchott Informations (ANI) on December 9, 2011 shows French national Serge Lazarevic being held by AQMI at an undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO / ANI / AQMI

DUBAI: Frenchman Serge Lazarevic, kidnapped in Mali by Al-Qaeda in 2011, appeared in a video aired Tuesday by Dubai-based Alaan television urging French President Francois Holland to act to secure his release.

Lazarevic, wearing a black turban, sporting a long beard and flanked by armed men, said the video was being recorded on May 13.

He is the last French hostage worldwide still being held.

The 50-year-old man was kidnapped by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) on November 24, 2011, along with Philippe Verdon who was found shot dead in July last year.

He was accompanying Verdon on a business trip when they were seized by a group of armed men at a small hotel in Hombori, in the north, according to his relatives.

AQIM was behind the killing of two French journalists in November.





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