(ANSA) – GENEVA, OCTOBER 10 – Switzerland has announced that a missionary from Basel was killed in Mali, Federal Department (Ministry) of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Valentin Clivaz told the Keystone-ATS agency. According to the Swiss media, she is 59-year-old Béatrice Stockly.
The woman, who had worked as a missionary in Timbuktu for years, was kidnapped in early 2016. She had already been kidnapped for the first time in April 2012, the agency said. Those responsible for the killing are allegedly members of the Islamist terrorist organization Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslim (Front for supporting Islam and Muslims). The exact circumstances of the assassination are still unclear. The Swiss authorities learned the information from Paris, which was itself informed by the recently released French hostage.
Bern now intends to do everything possible to ascertain the exact circumstances of the killing and obtain the remains of the Swiss hostage. To this end, it will also address Mali’s transitional government, a statement from the ministry said. (HANDLE).