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Al-Qaida: Deadline for French hostage swap 20 days away

China Daily | Updated: 2010-01-12 07:49

CAIRO: Al-Qaida's North Africa offshoot demanded the release of four of its members in exchange for a French hostage it kidnapped two months ago, in a message posted on militant websites yesterday that gave a 20- day deadline.

Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb said that their only condition for the freeing of Pierre Camatte is the release of four members of the group arrested by Mali several months ago.

"We give France and Mali 20 days from the date of issuing this statement to respond to our legitimate demand otherwise the two governments will be fully responsible for the French hostage's life," it said in a statement dated Sunday.

Al-Qaida: Deadline for French hostage swap 20 days away

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