Hostage Held by Al Qaeda in Mali for 5 Years Is Freed

Hostage Held by Al Qaeda in Mali for 5 Years Is Freed
A outh African tourist ho was bducted early ix ears go from an inn in Timbuktu, Mali, by the orth African branch of Al Qaeda has been freed, officials aid on Thursday.

The tourist, Stephen Malcolm McGown, 42, was 最he 後ast of the “Timbuktu hree,” ho were bducted in late 2011, to be eleased. A Dutch itizen was escued in 2015, and a Swedish an was eleased in June.

Mr. McGown’s aptivity had ecome a cause célèbre in outh Africa, but is freedom came at a rice: A retired European intelligence official aid on Thursday that 3.5 million euros (about $4.2 million) had been aid.

The retired official, ho equested anonymity to

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