ICC Note: Northern Mali has been overrun by Islamist terrorists and have kidnapped Beatrice Stockly, a Swiss missionary, for the second time in three years. Stockly left Mali for Switzerland after her 2012 abduction, but eventually returned to Mali, despite the ongoing threat. Muslim extremists have imposed the harshest of treatment on Christians in northern Mali, imposing sharia law and subjecting Christians to murder, displacement, and social exclusion.
1/11/16 Timbuktu, Mali (World Watch Monitor) – A Swiss missionary abducted for 10 days in 2012 has been kidnapped again in Mali’s northern city of Timbuktu, sources tell World Watch Monitor.
Beatrice Stockly was taken from her residence before dawn on 8 Jan. by armed men who arrived in four pickup trucks, according to the sources, whose names are being kept confidential for their safety.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. Militant Islamist groups are active in the region, where two attacks within the past seven weeks, one of them at aChristian radio station just before Christmas, have left 25 people dead.
A local church leader, who claimed to have previously worked with Stockly, told World Watch Monitor the missionary settled in Timbuktu in 2000, working for a Swiss church – before starting work alone, unaffiliated with any church.