Three European aid workers released in Mali after being kidnapped by an Al-Qaeda-linked group were freed in exchange for three Islamists, a negotiator said Thursday as they headed home.
L-R: Spain's Enric Gonyalons and Ainhoa Fernandez Rincon and Italy's Rossella Urru arrive at the airport in Ouagadougou. A ransom of 15 million euros ($18.4 million) was paid for three European hostages to the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, a spokesman for the Mali Islamist group claimed Thursday.
The Islamist militant group, the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), claimed it had received a ransom of 15 million euros ($18.4 million) as well as winning the freedom of one imprisoned fighter.
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