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French commandos free Dutch hostage from al-Qaeda in Mali

Apr 07, 2015    

French commandos freed a Dutch hostage from an al Qaeda-linked group in Mali on Monday, more than three years after he was taken captive while on holiday with his wife, French and Dutch officials said.Sjaak Rijke, a 54-year-old train conductor who was kidnapped in Timbuktu in November 2011, was freed in a pre-dawn raid and has been transferred "safe and sound" to a temporary base in Tessalit, in north-east Mali. His wife had escaped armed gunmen, who took three captives.French forces killed two militants and captured two others in the operation, said Lieutenant Colonel Michel Sabatie...

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