Amadou Toumani Toure is in Algeria for official visit of four days. Malian President expressed concern about the situation in the Sahel-Saharan Africa. A concern reinforced by the abduction of three European partners the last weekend in southern Algeria. Malian security sources, the abduction was carried out by members of Sahrawi al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
While removal is still not claimed, a source within the security services of Mali said that the subsidiary Saharan al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb, which would have led the operation.
The same source says that these are elements close to the group Hakim Mohamed Ould M'Barek allegedly located, and then followed the three kidnapped aid workers, two Spaniards and an Italian.
The Sahrawi, a member of AQIM was arrested in 2008 in Bamako and extradited to Mauritania where he was wanted. He remains in prison. During questioning, he acknowledged the existence of networks of indoctrination and recruitment of Islamist group within the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf and Lahmadat in western Algeria.
Also according to this source of security services in Mali, the kidnappings are proof that AQIM is currently expanding its network of action and that the organization has branches throughout the sub-region.
AQIM claimed officiellemment If these abductions, the organization then holds seven European countries. Four French, kidnapped in Niger are in fact hostages of the terrorist group for over 400 days.
And according to a Malian security source, a leader of AQIM, Mokhtar Ben Mokhtar, is the author of the abduction of three European partners, with the complicity of elements Sahrawi members of AQIM.