Reports from Mali say three Europeans have been kidnapped and a fourth killed at Timbuktu in the north of the country. The information comes from a Malian government source.
The person killed is said to be German; the others’ nationalities are not known.
The latest attack comes a day after two French geologists were kidnapped from their hotel at Hombori, 200 kilometres to the south. French troops have joined Malian forces in trying to find them.
Groups linked to al Qaeda have kidnapped several westerners and taken them into hiding in the vast desert of northern Mali. A total of nine Europeans are now being held in the Sahara, including six French nationals.