European hostages in Mali released: Malian presidency
Fourteen European hostages kidnapped in Algeria and being held in Mali have been released by their captors and are in Malian custody, Seydou Sissouma, an advisor to the Malian president, said.
Malian mediator Iyad Ag Ghali told AFP the Europeans were “totally free”. The nine Germans, four Swiss and one Dutchman were among a group of 32 Europeans taken hostage by Algerian Islamic extremists months ago in the Algerian part of the Sahara desert. A German government spokesman said earlier Monday that efforts to secure their release had reached a “very important final phase, amid conflicting reports over whether they had been handed over to Malian intermediaries. But a German military plane sent to Mali to take them to safety was forced to leave without them late Monday. Full Story