DAKAR, Senegal – Residents say a Swiss woman who was kidnapped and briefly held by an al-Qaida-linked group in April has returned to the northern Malian town of Timbuktu, from where she was taken.
Diadie Maiga, the vice president of the crisis cell created in Timbuktu to deal with the al-Qaida occupation, said he ran into Beatrice Stockli, the former hostage, over the weekend. He said: "It's true. I saw her yesterday at the market. She told me that she had never wanted to leave."
Timbuktu fell to the extremists on April 1, and Stockli refused to evacuate. She was grabbed on April 15 by the al-Qaida-linked group Ansar Dine. She was freed on April 24. A helicopter came to pick her up, flying her to the neighboring nation of Burkina Faso.