Al-Qaeda says demands were met on Spanish hostages: report
The North African branch of Osama bin Laden's terror network said it released two Spanish hostages because some of its demands were met, the Spanish newspaper El Pais on Monday quoted an audio statement from the group as saying.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) also said the release was a "lesson for the French secret services to take into consideration in the future".
It was referrring to a failed Mauritanian-French raid in Mali on July 22 that aimed to rescue French hostage Michel Germaneau and in which seven AQIM members were killed.
El Pais released a Spanish translation of the full text of the audio statement, delivered in Arabic, on its website.
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