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Sophie Pétronin and Soumaïla Cissé were freed by Mali in a prisoner swap.

By swapping hundreds of prisoners affiliated with al-Qaeda, the Mali government freed 4 abducted people. 

Four human beings kidnapped and detained in Mali, along with 75-year-antique French charity employee Sophie Pétronin and ex-Malian competition chief Soumaïla Cissé, had been released. Ms. Pétronin, who became seized in December 2016, became the closing French citizen to be held hostage everywhere withinside the world. Two Italian nationals have been additionally freed, the Malian authorities stated.

Mali transfers prisoners affiliated with the Al-Qaeda:

The launch became a part of a prisoner switch for greater than a hundred jihadists, believed to be affiliated to al-Qaeda. The Malian presidency has now no longer found out the way it became capable of unfastened the hostages. Malian and worldwide militia had been suffering to comprise a jihadist insurgency withinside the north of the nation that first emerged in 2012. On Thursday, the Malian presidency stated that each Ms. Pétronin and Mr. Cissé, who became kidnapped in March even as campaigning for parliamentary elections, have been being taken to the capital, Bamako, in a navy aircraft together with the 2 Italians.

Mali hostages: Sophie Pétronin and Soumaïla Cissé freed in prisoner swap -  BBC News

Emmanuel Macron expresses his wishes and relief on the return of Ms. Petronin:

Hundreds of Mr. Cissé’s supporters later accumulated at Bamako airport to greet the competition chief on his arrival. Others expressed their jubilation through riding thru the streets of the capital sounding their vehicle horns. Authorities have been operating at the hostages’ launch for months. Following information on Ms. Pétronin’s launch on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron stated he felt “large relief” and became “satisfied to realize she is unfastened”. Earlier this week, Ms. Pétronin’s son Sébastien Chadaud stated he became cautious of celebrating after in advance reviews that his mom became set to be unfastened proved to be false.

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