DAKAR, Senegal - To kidnap seven foreigners from inside their homes, al-Qaida-linked gunmen in northern Niger forced their way past the security cordon of one of the world's most heavily guarded mining towns.
PARIS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed on Wednesday to mobilize his government to free five French people abducted last week by an al-Qaida affiliate in Niger, calling it a "very serious and worrying affair," according to a government spokesman.
BAMAKO, Mali - France's interior minister is in the West African nation of Mali, where authorities believe al-Qaida-linked militants have brought seven kidnapped foreigners.
PARIS - The office of France's interior minister says he has left for Mali and plans to discuss the hostage-taking of seven foreign workers in neighboring Niger with Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure.
PARIS - Al-Qaida's North Africa branch has claimed responsibility for kidnapping five French nationals near a uranium mine deep in the desert of the African nation of Niger, an audio message broadcast Tuesday said.
- French soldiers hunt for abducted workers in Niger
- 7 people, including 5 French, kidnapped in Niger
- Spanish hostages freed by al-Qaida arrive in Spain
- 2 Spanish hostages land in Burkina Faso
- Spanish NGO: kidnapped aid workers free
- Al-Qaida group frees 2 Spanish in Mali
- Embassy official: 2 Spanish hostages freed
- France declares war against al-Qaida
- France announces war against al-Qaida
- Sarkozy: French aid worker executed in Africa
- US warns of al-Qaida threat in Burkina Faso
- Al-Qaida offshoot grows in the desert
- US Special Forces, Marines train African armies
- 4 Saharan countries set up joint military base
- Spain: Aid worker in Africa released by militants
- Al-Qaida growing in strength and numbers in Africa
- French president in Rwanda in 1st visit in 25 yrs
- UN: Cocaine being traded for arms in West Africa
- Al-Qaida offers exchange for French hostage