Masked Gunmen Kidnap, Assault Malian Publisher

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) - The editor of a Malian newspaper says masked gunmen stormed the paper's office and abducted its publisher, who was later assaulted and dumped on the side of a road about 25 miles outside of Bamako.

Youssouf Camara, editor of "The Independent," told The Associated Press by telephone Friday that the paper's publisher, Saouti Labass Haidara, was taken from the office at around 9 p.m. on Thursday night.

Camara said that when the reporters at the paper tried to stop the gunmen, they opened fire in the air, damaging a part of their building. They then threw Haidara into the back of their pickup truck.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement that Haidara suffered a head wound and a broken hand. The incident comes after The Independent published articles critical of the government.

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