Dutch hostage arrives in Mali capital, reunited with wife

April 7, 2015 4:17 PM

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Dutch hostage arrives in Mali capital, reunited with wife

BAMAKO (Reuters) - A Dutch man freed in a French commando raid on al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in northern Mali arrived in the capital on Tuesday where he was reunited with his wife after more than three years in captivity.

Sjaak Rijke, a 54-year-old train conductor, was kidnapped in November 2011 in Timbuktu while on holiday with his wife. She escaped the gunmen, who took three captives.

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