Three Red Cross staff kidnapped in Mali now free
22 April 2016, 18:31
Dakar - Three Red Cross workers captured in northeastern Mali last weekend by Islamist group Ansar Dine, have been freed, the ICRC said on Friday.
"The best news we could get: our three colleagues in Mali are free, safe and sound," ICRC head Peter Maurer said on his Twitter account, with the news confirmed by ICRC spokesperson in Bamako Valery Mbaoh Nana.
"All three were freed this morning [Friday]," Mbaoh Nana said.
"They are in Kidal," he added, referring to the provincial capital of the restive region where they were kidnapped on April 16, 1 500km north of the capital.
The aid workers were freed a day after Ansar Dine claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and said they would be safely returned following the release of one of their members, who was arrested by French troops.
Ansar Dine is one of several active jihadist groups roaming Mali's north.