Al Qaeda group claims kidnapping of Australians in Burkina Faso

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Posted: Feb 05, 2016 3:49 PM

CAIRO (Reuters) - The militant group al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the Jan. 15 kidnapping of two Australians in northern Burkina Faso, according to an audio statement on Friday.

The statement, released on the group's official Telegram channel, also said the group had decided to release one of the captives - a woman - unconditionally.

(Reporting by Omar Fahmy; Writing by Dominic Evans; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)