DUBAI - Al Qaida's North African wing posted on an Islamist website on Tuesday photographs of five Europeans kidnapped in Mali last month and attacked Mali over its military cooperation with France.
Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) last week claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of the five, two Frenchmen - whom it described as French spies - on one occasion and three other people from an undisclosed European country in a separate incident in the north of Mali a few days later.
In the two images, the hostages are surrounded by masked men holding guns. In one, the Frenchmen appear to have their hands tied behind their backs; the three others have their hands on their knees in a second. They all appear to be in good health.
Mali security forces said on Monday they had arrested four people suspected of kidnapping the two Frenchmen on behalf of AQIM.