Freed Dutch hostage arrives in Mali's capital: AFP

7th April 2015, Comments 0 comments

A Dutch hostage freed after being held by Al-Qaeda-linked extremists in Mali for more than three years arrived in the capital Bamako on Tuesday, an AFP correspondent at the airport reported.

Train driver Sjaak Rijke, abducted while on holiday in Timbuktu in November 2011, was freed in a raid on Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb by French special forces on Monday.

He shouted "freedom!" as he emerged in jeans, a shirt and a cap, sporting a thick beard, from the plane that had flown him from Gao in northern Mali.

He was greeted by Malian Security Minister Sada Samake and Dutch and French diplomats, before heading in a convoy towards the presidency.

© 2015 AFP

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