Tourists evacuated from Timbuktu

By Lelethu Mquqo
27 November 2011

The 37-year-old South African kidnapped in Mali was apparently returning from Britain to permanently settle back home.

A German tourist was shot dead in the attack on a Timbuktu restaurant on Friday.

Another two men who were snatched are from the Netherlands and Sweden.

The South African government is rendering assistance and has advised the man’s family not to reveal his identity.

The Dutch foreign ministry has issued a travel warning, advising citizens not to travel north of the Niger River and the area bordering Mauritania.