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Al Qaeda’s North African wing releases hostages

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-02-25

Three of the seven hostages who were kidnapped in Niger last September by al Qaeda's regional offshoot have been released, according to the French authorities.

AFP - Three nationals of France, Madagascar and Togo taken hostage with four Frenchmen by an Al-Qaeda regional offshoot in Niger in September have been released, a security source said Friday.

The three were "freed during the night between Thursday and Friday on Niger territory," the source told AFP.
             
"They were moved to Niamey by Niger authorities," the source said, without giving details of the release or the fate of the remaining hostages.
             
The hostages were seized in September 2010 in the west African country's uranium-mining town of Arlit and later taken across the border into Mali.
             
Their abduction was claimed by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

 

Date created : 2011-02-25

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