British Hostage Killed in Mali

Press Statement
Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 4, 2009

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.

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. We support efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice and encourage governments in the region to continue to work to counter and defeat these extremist elements.

PRN: 2009/546