"It is with dismay that we were informed of the kidnapping of journalist Issiaka Tamboura in an AG 5716 MD vehicle on the Boni-Nokara route by unidentified gunmen," said Arouna Modibo Touré, Malian Minister of Communication, in a statement released on Saturday, December 29th, 2018.
Issiaka Tamboura, a Malian journalist and editor of the newspaper "Le Soft", was abducted by suspected jihadists on Thursday, December 27th when he was returning from his uncle's funeral in his native village of Boni, explained his family in Bamako. He was stopped between Boni and Nokara in the Malian central region of Mopti and kidnapped by armed turbaned men who then took him to the hills along with his vehicle, according to his family, who said they are becoming increasingly worried about Tamboura's disappearance.
The kidnapping happened on the same day that another Malian journalist was sentenced to six months' imprisonment by the Bamako Criminal Court in a "defamation" case against Mali's Constitutional Court.
The Malian press associations, in a news conference held on Sunday 30th to express their "deep concern" about the abduction of their colleague Tamboura, have set up a Crisis Committee that will work in close collaboration with the government's Communication and Security departments to "find Issiaka Tamboura as soon as possible," according to a statement issued by the Crisis Committee early on Sunday afternoon.
"We denounce with rigour this villainous act and reassure the national and international opinion that necessary action will be taken to find the disappeared journalist and bring the perpetrators of this kidnapping to relevant jurisdictions," added the Minister of Communication.