1. Attack

    Tourists Killed, Kidnapped in Mali

    (FILES) A picture taken on April 11, 2006 shows Donkeys carrying stones on their back as they are followed by Timbuktu inhabitants in a street of the northwestern malian city. An armed gang of kidnappers abducted three foreigners and killed a fourth in the centre of the ancient tourist city of Timbuktu in northern Mali on November 25, 2011, security sources said. The victim who was shot dead had tried to resist his abduction, according to the sources who did not give the nationality of the hostages. The kidnappers struck as the four were in a restaurant on the central square of Timbuktu.    AFP PHOTO/ ISSOUF SANOGO (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An armed gang kidnapped three tourists and killed a fourth in Timbuktu, Mali. Two of the hostages are Dutch and the other is South African. The gang burst into a restaurant in the city's central square where the four were eating and demanded they get in the car. The fourth man, a German, was shot when he refused. The attack is believed to be the latest in a string of kidnappings by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. On Thursday, two French geologists were kidnapped by a gang in an eastern village.

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