WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States condemned the murder of a Briton in Mali descibing it as a "vicious and tragic act of terrorism."
"We are shocked and saddened by the murder of British citizen Edwin Dyer at the hands of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, operating in northern Mali. Our deepest condolences go to Mr Dyer's family and friends," said Ian Kelly, a department spokesman late Thursday.
"We condemn the recent killing, kidnappings and operations of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb in northern Mali.
"This vicious and tragic act of terrorism highlights the need to continue our work against those who seek to spread violence and chaos throughout the region," he added.
Authorities in Mali named Wednesday an Islamist leader they said was behind the execution of a British hostage, thought to be the first by Al-Qaeda affiliates in north Africa.