Romanian held by al-Qaeda-linked fighters demands release
A Romanian mineworker kidnapped by an al-Qaeda affiliate last year appeared in a video urging his government to secure his release as soon as possible. Iulian Ghergut was taken on April 4, 2015, when five armed men attacked a manganese mine in Tambao. Mr Ghergut, heavily bearded and squinting slightly, says he is in good health in the video, dated September 21. Speaking in a thick French accent, he urged Romania to secure his release quickly.