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Four hostages re­leased

- Crime · Incidents · Catholic Church · Christianity · Religion · Mali · Niamey · Niger

Prom­i­nent Malian politi­cian Soumaila Cisse and three Euro­pean hostages freed by alQaida- linked Is­lamic ex­trem­ists made it to the Malian cap­i­tal yes­ter­day where they were greeted by fam­ily mem­bers and sup­port­ers. French hu­man­i­tar­ian So­phie Petronin, who had been abducted nearly four years ago while help­ing or­phans in north­ern Mali, was em­braced by her son on the tar­mac. Two Ital­ian hostages, Father Pier­luigi Mac­calli and Ni­cola Chi­ac­chio, kid­napped in Africa be­tween 2018 and 2019, were also re­leased. Mac­calli is a Ro­man Catholic mis­sion­ary priest from the African Mis­sion­ary So­ci­ety ( SMA) who was kid­napped from his Bo­moanga par­ish in Ni­amey, Niger, ac­cord­ing to the Avvenire news­pa­per of the Ital­ian bish­ops con­fer­ence. Chi­ac­chio was taken from cen­tral Mali in 2019.

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