Swiss Evangelical Missionary Executed By Islamic Extremists In Mali After 4 Years In Captivity

An evangelical missionary from Switzerland who had been held as a captive by Islamic extremists in Mali since January of 2016, was killed by her kidnappers about a month ago, according to a fellow captive.

Beatrice Stockli, 59, was shot and killed after she refused to move with her captors in the Sahara. Fellow captive Sophie Pétronin, who was released earlier this month gave the details about Stockli’s death to French officials who passed the information along to Swiss government officials.  According reports, the 75-year-old charity worker told authorities the extremists moved their camp regularly to keep Malian and French soldiers from finding them. Pétronin said after Stockli refused to move, the extremists dragged her outside, and then a shot was heard. 

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