French troops free five aid workers kidnapped in Mali

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 17, 2014 2:23 PM

BAMAKO (Reuters) - French troops in Mali on Thursday freed five local aid workers kidnapped in February, the presidents of France and Mali said in a joint statement.

Four of the aid workers work for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The statement said the aid workers were freed near the northern town of Timbuktu and were in good health.

It was not clear at the time who seized the aid workers and the statement did not give any further details.

(Writing by David Lewis; Editing by Emma Farge)