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Missionary to Mali is killed

Swiss missionary Beatrice Stockli, kidnapped from Timbuktu in northern Mali in January 2016, was killed only weeks before other hostages were freed by Islamist extremists in an apparent prisoner-hostage swap negotiated by the new transitional government in Mali.


News of her execution came from Sophie Petronin, a 75-year-old French aid worker, freed on 8 October, who had apparently been held by the same, or a linked, Islamist militia group. (Petronin converted to Islam and now calls herself Mariam).