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Militants in hostage swap deal freed after serving sentence

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Latest update : 2010-02-22

Authorities in Mali have released four prisoners whose release was the key demand made by al Qaeda militants holding French hostage Pierre Camatte, a security source told AFP on Monday. The militants had served their sentence of nine months.

AFP - Malian authorities have released four Islamic prisoners whose release was the key demand of Al-Qaeda militants holding a French hostage, a Malian security source told AFP Monday.
   
"The four Al-Qaeda combatants were freed on Sunday night, after having served their sentence" of nine months in prison, the source told AFP.
   
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb had demanded their release in exchange for French hostage Pierre Camatte, extending a previous deadline to February 20 and threatening to kill him if their demands were not met.
 

Date created : 2010-02-22

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