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Four French hostages taken by al Qaeda released

Four French hostages taken by al Qaeda released
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Four French hostages kidnapped by al Qaeda’s north African wing three years ago in Niger have been
released.

President Francois Hollande announced the news,thanking the President of Niger for securing their freedom.

The four were seized in September 2010 while working for
French nuclear group Areva and another firm in Arlit in Niger.

A French diplomatic source said France’s foreign and defence ministers had arrived in the capital Niamey to welcome the hostages who were still in the hands of the Niger authorities,

The al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) group said it was behind their abduction.