French forces rescue Mali hostage

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Published: Monday 6th April 2015 by The News Editor

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A Dutch hostage kidnapped in Mali in 2011 has been rescued in a French special forces operation, the military says.

The military said the rescue of Sjaak Rijke took place at 5am today in far northern Mali and several militants were captured.

Some 3,000 French forces are taking part in the mission to stabilise Mali, which was overrun by al Qaida-linked Islamic extremists until French troops came to the aid of Malian soldiers.

Mr Rijke was abducted by extremists in November 2011 in Timbuktu. France said he was safely evacuated to a French operating base in Tassalit.

Published: Monday 6th April 2015 by The News Editor

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