A World Health Organization worker was kidnapped by unidentified assailants in northern Mali, the U.N. company’s director-general stated Tuesday.
Dr. Mahamadou Diawara was kidnapped from his automotive within the city of Menaka on Monday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus informed a information convention.
“Health employees ought to by no means be a goal,” Tedros stated.
WHO is working with authorities to analyze the kidnapping.
The West African nation has been battling a decade-long jihadi insurgency that has killed hundreds. Jihadi teams linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group have used hostage-taking for ransom as a option to fund operations and develop their presence.
Diawara has been working with WHO in Menaka for 3 years, offering medical care to communities which can be usually distant and face safety dangers and violence, the U.N. stated. The driver of his automotive was attacked however not kidnapped, and he’s recovering.
The kidnapping comes two months after a German priest was taken from Mali’s capital, Bamako. Rev. Hans-Joachim Lohre was kidnapped in November whereas getting ready to have fun Mass.
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There are a number of armed teams within the Menaka area, however IS has a major presence there, battle analysts say.
“While unclear if the group is accountable for the kidnapping, there ought to be a priority of him being transferred to the group in alternate for cash,” stated Rida Lyammouri, senior fellow on the Policy Center for the New South, a Morocco-based suppose tank centered on financial and social insurance policies.