Qaeda allies seek 90 mln euros for hostages-sources


Kidnappers are demanding 90 million euros for the return of four French hostages captured in Niger and held hostage by al Qaeda’s North African wing, siad sources close to mediation efforts.

The kidnappers made the demand within the past few days, a Nigerien military intelligence source said. A source close to French nuclear group Areva confirmed the ransom demand, Reuters reports.

The four French nationals were part of a group of seven, including employees of Areva and fellow French firm Vinci, who were kidnapped last September. The other three have been released.