A pair of French journalists were kidnapped and killed Saturday in northern Mali, according to the French Foreign Ministry.
Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont, who were working at radio station RFI in Kidal, were found dead just hours after they were taken by armed men, reports the Associated Press. The journalists had just interviewed a Tuareg rebel leader, according to a Kidal city official.
Kidnappings of foreigners, especially French, have become frequent in northern Mali since it was overtaken by an al-Qaeda faction. The organization uses ransom from kidnappings to fund its operations.