“It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of our fellow citizen,” Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis said in a statement. “I condemn this cruel act and express my deepest sympathy to the relatives.”
Earlier Friday, 75-year-old French aid worker Sophie Petronin descended from a plane at the Villacoublay military airport southwest of Paris, where she was greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Wearing a white veil and a trench coat, Petronin held her grandsons in her arms.
“The French and I are glad to see you back at last, dear Sophie Petronin,” Macron tweeted. “Welcome home.”
Petronin met with Macron for about an hour at the airport. They did not speak to the press.
Macron expressed joy and relief at her release, thanked the Malian authorities and promised that the French military would continue its fight against terrorism in the West African region.
In an emotional