The Daily Telegraph

Mali frees 100 ji­hadists for re­lease of hostages

- Crime · Mali

Mali has freed more than 100 al­leged or convicted ji­hadists to se­cure the re­lease of a senior politi­cian and a French char­ity worker, sources said, in a rare mass re­lease of prison­ers in the west African coun­try, which is in the grip of an eight-year-old Is­lamist in­sur­gency. Soumaila Cisse, a three­time pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, was ab­ducted on March 25 while cam­paign­ing in his home re­gion of Ni­afounke. So­phie Petronin was ab­ducted on Dec 24 2016 in Gao.

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