Algeria gunmen want end to Mali intervention, prisoner swap

AFP , Friday 18 Jan 2013

Gunmen holding hostages in Algeria want to negotiate an end to French intervention in Mali and exchange American hostages for prisoners held in the United States, the ANI news agency quoted sources close to their leader as saying on Friday.

ANI reported that the sources close to Mokhtar Belmokhtar said he had proposed that France and Algeria negotiate "an end to the war being waged by France in Azawad" (northern Mali).

In what ANI said was a video that would be distributed to the media, Belmokhtar also proposes "exchanging American hostages held by his group (the 'Signatories in Blood') for Egyptian Omar Abdelrahman and Pakistani Afiah Sidiqi, jailed in the United States on charges of terrorist links."

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