Sunday, August 17, 2003

Algeria/Mali: hostages may have been freed

There hasn't been any official confirmation from either the Malian or German governments ... but a German TV sation is reporting that the remaining 14 European hostages have been freed.
Earlier on Sunday, Germany's ZDF television reported the 14 were freed after a Malian negotiator gave a ransom to the hostage-takers. It said the money did not come from the German Government.
Among the hostages, nine are Germans, four Swiss and one Dutch. Here is an earlier post on the situation.