French, Malian forces question suspects behind journalist killings

French, Malian troops are questioning suspects to find the murderer of two journalists.

French, Malian forces question suspects behind journalist killings

World Bulletin / News Desk

French and Malian forces are questioning suspects in northern Mali to find a group who carried out the killing last week of two French radio journalists, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday.

Claude Verlon, 58 and Ghislaine Dupont, 51, both journalists at RFI radio, were found dead in northern Mali on Saturday after being kidnapped in the city of Kidal.

Their bodies are due to arrive in France later on Monday.

Fabius declined to confirm a report from Europe 1 radio, citing Malian sources, that French forces had arrested five suspects and transferred them to the city of Gao.

"Yesterday, on Sunday, operations were launched to identify a number of people in camps, and they are ongoing," Fabius told RTL radio. "Suspects have been questioned."

Europe 1 reported that the arrests had taken place on Sunday evening in camps where former rebels of the MNLA group are being held. France's Defence Ministry was not immediately available for comment.

A Malian gendarme in Gao said he had no information about the arrests or suspects being transferred to the city.

French forces declined to comment on reports of arrests.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Kasım 2013, 14:39