‘Dangerous to be British’ Tourist kidnapped by Al-Qaeda says Brits are NUMBER ONE target.
A TOURIST has claimed that it “is dangerous to be British” after he was held hostage by Al-Qaeda for six years.
The South African tourist said he did not believe his captors knew his nationality and warned what might have happened if he was British.
Speaking after his release, Stephen McGown said that if he had been British it would have been “first prize”.
The South African was abducted in northern Mali, by Islamist extremists.
After being freed in late July, Mr McGown made a public appearance with family members.
Mr McGown said: “I do not believe that they knew my nationality when they caught me.
“They obviously would have really preferred me to have been British.
“This would have been first prize.
“And it took a long time for the British status to fall away.
“I think my family were pushing for this, and I was pushing for this.
“Because it’s dangerous to be British, I think.”
Mr McGown added that being British, French or from the USA are in the top three.
“They kidnapped me because I was not Muslim,” Mr McGown finished.
The South African was released on July 25, and was the longest-held hostage by the Islamic extremists.
Several armed groups target the West African country’s north, and extremists make money by abducting foreigners and demanding ransoms for their release.
Mr McGown was abducted with Swedish man Johan Gustafsso and Dutchman Sjaak Rijke.
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