French and Malian forces hunt journalists’ killers

by Reuters
November 4, 2013

PARIS/BAMAKO |The coffins of two French journalists killed in Mali last week were loaded onto a Paris-bound aircraft in the capital Bamako on Monday as French and Malian troops hunted for their killers.

Reporter Claude Verlon, 58, and radio technician Ghislaine Dupont, 51, who both worked for Radio France Internationale, were found dead in northern Mali on Saturday after being kidnapped in the city of Kidal.

In a solemn ceremony attended by the new Malian president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, soldiers carried the two coffins onto a military aircraft that was due to land in Paris on Tuesday morning.

“Mali’s Kidal has witnessed the disappearance … of two courageous fighters for liberty,” Mali’s communication minister, Jean Marie Sangare, said at the ceremony.

Earlier, dozens of journalists accompanied by artists, politicians and residents walked in silence through the capital to the French embassy to mourn Verlon and Dupont.

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