French Special Forces Free Dutch Hostage Held In Mali Since 2011

April 6, 2015 1:54 PM

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More than three years after he was taken hostage by an Al-Qaida-linked group, a Dutch citizen was freed by French commandos in early Monday morning in West Africa. The raid in northern Mali killed several of Sjaak Rijke's captors; others were taken captive.

France's Defense Ministry says Rijke, 51, is now safe and healthy after being taken to a military base in Mali. Welcoming the news todya, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said, "I am happy and relieved that an end has come to this terrible period of uncertainty and grief."

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