Kidnapped Mali election workers freed
22 July 2013, 12:19
Bamako - Gunmen have freed four election workers and a
deputy mayor a day after they were kidnapped in Mali's remote northern town of
Tessalit, a local official said on Sunday.
The kidnapping, a week before election day, highlighted
insecurity hanging over the vote that is intended to draw a line under a coup
and Islamist uprising, although some fear it could lead to further instability
due to poor preparations.
"The five hostages were picked up this morning by
French soldiers outside the town. We do not know what led to them being
freed," Cheick Fanta Mady Bouare, the prefet of Tessalit said .
France sent troops to Mali early this year to fight the