A video was launched Wednesday that reveals Dubois saying he was kidnapped by the al-Qaida-linked group JNIM. Within the video, he calls on his household, buddies, and authorities to work for his launch. The video couldn’t be independently verified.
Reporters With out Borders chief Christophe Deloire confirmed the kidnapping to The Related Press and referred to as for the reporter’s launch.
“We ask the Malian and French authorities to do the whole lot doable to acquire his launch and ship all our assist to his household and family members,” he posted on Twitter.
Dubois was reporting in Gao in northern Mali and didn’t return to his resort after lunch on April 8, Deloire mentioned. Dubois often works for LePoint Afrique.
The French International Ministry confirmed his disappearance, saying they’re in contact along with his household and Malian authorities.
Mali has been in turmoil since a 2012 rebellion prompted mutinous troopers to overthrow the president. The facility vacuum that resulted in the end led to an Islamic insurgency and a French-led marketing campaign that ousted the jihadists from the cities they managed in northern Mali in 2013.
However insurgents stay energetic and extremist teams affiliated with al-Qaida and the Islamic State group have moved from the arid north to extra populated central Mali since 2015, attacking targets and stoking animosity and violence between ethnic teams within the area.