June 23, 2015

Hostages Stephen McGowan and Johan Gustafsson Appear in AQIM Video

We pray for their immediate and unconditional release and return to their families.

A South African man who was captured by al-Qaeda in Mali nearly four years ago has appeared in a new video pleading with government to secure his freedom.

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Stephen McGowan and Swede national Johan Gustafsson were abducted at a hotel in Timbuktu in November 2011 and have since been held in the Islamic Maghreb.

In the footage released by a Mauritanian news agency, the bearded pair can be seen wearing traditional robes sitting under a tree while being watched over by three masked men dressed in black

A Facebook page in support of Stephen McGowan is here.

A copy of the video is here, please do not flag at this time. I do have a copy saved.

Again we call for their unconditional release, there is no accusation against them they are simply held for ransom or trade. From what I can tell they are treated well saving they have been deprived their freedom for four years.

Update: More on the interviewer here.

By Howie at 11:38 AM | Comments |