Was murder of two French journalists in Mali linked to unpaid ransoms?

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The timing is curious. The last four French hostages of a group kidnapped by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) at a uranium mine (1) in Arlit, northern Niger, were released on October 28th, 2013 against a ransom of at least 30 million euros. Just four days later, two journalists with public broadcaster Radio France International (RFI), Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, were abducted and murdered in Kidal in northern Mali, an area where Tuareg separatists, jihadists and other militias have been active over several years.

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