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Freed Dutch hostage arrives in Malian capital

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 01:01

A Dutch hostage rescued by French commandos in Mali on Monday, has arrived in good health in the capital Bamako. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Dutch citizen Sjaak Rijke is safe and sound after more than three years in captivity in Mali. French commandos freed Rijke from the al Qaeda-linked group AQIM on Monday and delivered him to Bamako, where he was greeted by Malian officials and Dutch Ambassador, Marteen Brouwer. (SOUNDBITE) (French) DUTCH AMBASSADOR TO MALI, MARTEEN BROUWER, SAYING: "I am very happy and relieved with this very good and unexpected news. Last night when we freed the hostage, it was really good news. We are very happy." Rijke was freed in a pre-dawn raid that left two militants dead and two others captured. French President Francois Hollande says they found the hostage by chance. He was captured in Timbuktu in November 2011, but is reportedly in good condition and is soon to be reunited with his family.

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Freed Dutch hostage arrives in Malian capital

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 01:01