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Newspaper editor kidnapped and beaten by armed men

(MFWA/IFEX) - Abdramane Keita, managing editor of privately-owned bi-weekly L'Aurore newspaper was on the night of July 2, 2012 violently attacked by unknown armed men in the capital Bamako, accusing him of causing confusion in the country.

The Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) correspondent reported that Keita's assailants abducted him the same night and abandoned him at Senou, a town located in Bamako after seizing all his possessions including an unspecified amount of money.

The correspondent said the assailants blindfolded him, physically assaulted and seized his possessions before throwing him off at Senou.

“I do not know them but all the time, they kept calling me by my name. They told me it is you who is causing confusion in the country,” Keita told the correspondent.

The editor met his ordeal during a meeting with a supposed informer who had promised to give him information about the conflict situation in the north of the country.

According to the correspondent, when upon arriving at the agreed-to venue for their meeting, the supposed informer took the victim to a nearby place and immediately a pick-up truck pulled up with masked men who stepped out of the vehicle, and forcibly pushed Keita in and sped off.

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