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World Mali frees more jihadists, boosting hostage release scenario

16:05  06 october  2020
16:05  06 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

Mali. The junta makes a sizeable concession for a lifting of sanctions

 Mali. The junta makes a sizeable concession for a lifting of sanctions © MICHELE CATTANI / AFP Members of the junta, September 22 in Bamako. The military junta which took power in Mali gives up a major prerogative devolved on their leader in the transition supposed to bring civilians back to the head of the country. This could lead to a lifting of sanctions by the Community of West African States.

A second batch of jihadists has been freed in Mali , sources said Tuesday, boosting speculation that a French charity worker and Malian politician held by the About 30 " jihadist prisoners were released " late Monday and early Tuesday "and were flown north," a Mali security source said. "It's to do with the

About 30 jihadist prisoners were released late Monday and early Tuesday and were flown north, a Mali se .. Bamako, Oct 6 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 6th Oct, 2020 ) :A second batch of jihadists has been freed in Mali , sources said Tuesday, boosting speculation that a French charity


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A second batch of jihadists has been freed in Mali, sources said Tuesday, boosting speculation that a French charity worker and Malian politician held by the insurgents may be freed in a swap.

a close up of a person: Sophie Petronin was abducted in 2016 © - Sophie Petronin was abducted in 2016

About 30 "jihadist prisoners were released" late Monday and early Tuesday "and were flown north," a Mali security source said.

Mali frees over 100 jihadists seeking hostage swap

  Mali frees over 100 jihadists seeking hostage swap Insurgency-hit Mali has freed over 100 alleged or convicted jihadists to secure the release of a top politician and a French charity worker, sources close to the talks said Monday. This is a rare mass release of prisoners in the fragile West African country, which is struggling with an eight-year-old Islamist insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives. Soumaila Cisse, a former opposition leader and three-time presidential candidate, was abducted on March 25 while campaigning in his home region of Niafounke ahead of legislative elections.Sophie Petronin, a French charity worker, was abducted by gunmen on December 24, 2016, in the northern city of Gao.

About 30 jihadist prisoners were released late Monday and early Tuesday and were flown north, a Mali se .. Bamako, Oct 6 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 6th Oct, 2020 ) :A second batch of jihadists has been freed in Mali , sources said Tuesday, boosting speculation that a French charity

A second batch of jihadists has been freed in Mali , sources said Tuesday, boosting speculation that a French charity worker and Malian politician held by Sophie Petronin was abducted in 2016 – SITE INTELLIGENCE GROUP/AFP/File. A second batch of jihadists has been freed in Mali , sources said

"It's to do with the release of the hostage Soumaila Cisse and the Frenchwoman, Sophie Petronin," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

More than 100 suspected or convicted rebels were released at the weekend, an official in charge of the negotiations said on Monday.

They were released in the central region of Niono and the northern region of Tessalit after arriving by plane.

Cisse, a 70-year-old former opposition leader and three-time presidential candidate, was abducted on March 25 while campaigning in his home region of Niafounke ahead of legislative elections.

Petronin, a French charity worker who is now 75, was abducted by gunmen on December 24, 2016, in the northern city of Gao. She is the last French national held hostage in the world.

Hopes rise for release of France's last hostage

  Hopes rise for release of France's last hostage Sophie Pétronin was abducted in Mali in 2016 and is known as the last French hostage in the world. © Getty Images Sophie Pétronin's family and campaigners have tried to keep her kidnapping in the public eye Now, there are reports of her imminent release, alongside a veteran Malian politician, as part of a prisoner swap for more than 100 jihadists,Charity worker Ms Pétronin is described as almost forgotten in France. Soumaïla Cissé, 70, is an ex-opposition leader and presidential candidate kidnapped in March.

A second batch of jihadists has been freed in Mali , sources said Tuesday, boosting speculation that a French charity worker and Malian politician held by the insurgents may be freed in a swap. About 30 “ jihadist prisoners were released ” late Monday and early Tuesday “and were flown north

A second batch of jihadists has been freed in Mali , sources said Tuesday, boosting speculation that a French charity worker and Malian politician held by the insurgents may be freed in a swap. About 30 " jihadist prisoners were released " late Monday and early Tuesday "and were flown north

Her son, Sebastien Chadaud, who lives in Switzerland, flew to Paris on Tuesday "and should be in (the Malian capital) Bamako in the early afternoon," Petronin's nephew, Lionel Granouillac, told AFP.

"He went there on his own initiative. He left this morning," Granouillac said, speaking in southwestern France, adding, "You have to be very cautious" about the outcome.

The last video in which Petronin appeared was received in June 2018. She seemed tired and emaciated, and appealed to French President Emmanuel Macron for help.

In another video in November 2018, in which she did not appear, her kidnappers said her health had deteriorated.

Malian authorities suspect an Al-Qaeda-linked group in central Mali led by militant cleric Amadou Koufa is responsible.

"We are doing everything to get some good news. They (the negotiators) have been out in the bush (the desert) since yesterday. We are waiting," an official in Tessalit who is close to the mediators told AFP.

Mali: after the liberation of jihadists, cautious hope for the hostages Pétronin and Cissé

 Mali: after the liberation of jihadists, cautious hope for the hostages Pétronin and Cissé © - Screenshot of June 13, 2018 of the French hostage Sophie Pétronin, kidnapped on December 24, 2016 in Gao, in the center of Mali A significant development seemed to be taking shape in Mali on Tuesday in the efforts to free the last French hostage in the world, Sophie Pétronin, and that of one of the highest Malian political figures, Soumaïla Cissé.

Mali has freed more than 100 suspected or convicted jihadists as part of negotiations for the release of a prominent Malian politician and a kidnapped "As part of the negotiations to obtain the release of Soumaila Cissé and Sophie Pétronin, more than one hundred jihadist prisoners were released this

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An official in the northern town of Timbuktu said "the problem is that the two hostages are not in the same place. They have to be brought together in order to have them released."

Mali is in the grip of a double crisis.

An eight-year-old jihadist insurgency that began in the north of the country has since spread to the country's fragile centre and now rattles neighbouring Burkina Faso and Niger.

The country is also in the aftermath of a military coup that toppled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on August 18.

Keita has been replaced by an interim president, Bah Ndaw, a former foreign minister and retired colonel selected by the junta.

He appointed a 25-member government on Monday, of which four key posts have gone to colonels.

Mali's former colonial ruler France has 5,100 soldiers deployed across the Sahel region as part of its anti-jihadist Operation Barkhane.

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Release of Sophie Pétronin: four questions on the jihadists released and their group .
© AFP / GONZALO FUENTES Sophie Pétronin was detained for four years by the Support Group for Islam and Muslims. After the release of Sophie Pétronin after four years of captivity, many questions arise about the negotiations that led to this happy ending. Because in order to achieve its goal and obtain the release of politician Soumaïla Cissé - Bamako's number one objective - the Malian authorities have agreed to release many prisoners.

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