Source: Tourist killed in Mali
A tourist has been killed in the Malian town of Timbuktu, according to an unnamed source who spoke to local media Friday. The source said he believed the tourist was a German national, dpa reported.
The source, who called a radio station, said he saw a tourist killed and three more Europeans kidnapped while having lunch at a restaurant in Timbuktu.
Officials were unable to confirm the identity or nationality of the man who was killed and of those who were abducted.
The attack comes a day after two French citizens, Slobodan Lazarevic and Philippe Verdon, were abducted from a hotel in the central town of Hombori.
The abductions are the latest in a string of attacks on foreign workers and tourists in Mali. Although few foreigners travel to Hombori for tourism, Timbuktu is a popular destination for hiking and sightseeing. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has bases in the Malian desert. No group or individuals have yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.