Al Qaeda branch in sub-Saharan Africa, Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM, or the “Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims”), has released a new video addressing the families of several of its hostages. Also addressing the French government’s lack of interest in freeing these hostages. JNIM and other groups in the region have for years released videos showing the statues of the captives until recently.

According to an English-speaking jihadist who represents JNIM, they have decided to discontinue the release and production of any video concerning the captives held by the group for undisclosed reasons.

The production of the latest video, which lasts 10-minutes, is intended to pressure the hostage’s families at home and pressure the government into acting on these matters. The video was produced by JNIM’s media arm, Az-Zallaqa, and it’s unit responsible for handling hostage-related messages Al- Ezza Productions.