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ICC Note: Al Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is stamping their continued terrorist influence over north and sub-Saharan Africa, cementing themselves as the prime persecutor of the Church in Mali. After abducting Swiss missionary Beatrice Stockley on January 8, they now demand the release of AQIM detained fighters and one man being tried at the Hague for war crimes. Her offense was preaching the gospel for the conversion of Muslims in Mali. AQIM has released a video establishing the terms for her release. AQIM is also holding Australian missionary Ken Elliot, captive since January 16.

2/16/16 Mali (World Watch Monitor) –  Al-Qaeda in Africa has claimed the kidnapping of the Swiss missionary Beatrice Stockly who was abducted in Mali in January.

In an eight-minute video, in which Stockly appears dressed in a black hijab, a masked speaker with a British accent claims responsibility on behalf of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

“Beatrice Stockly is a Swiss nun who declared war against Islam in her attempt to Christianise Muslims,” the speaker said.

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