In Mali a Swiss woman was killed by these kidnappers. Bern officially announced the news on the evening of Friday 9 October. It is not known whether her death was linked to the release of Soumaila Cissé and Sophie Pétronin.
The Swiss authorities have not yet released the name of the hostage who was killed; she was a missionary in her forties who was kidnapped four years ago in Timbuktu by a group linked to Al Qaeda. She had appeared in a video of her captors in 2017, visibly weakened and thinned.