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Mali. Gloria Narvaez, a Colombian nun kidnapped by al-Qaeda has been released

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Gloria Narvaez, a Colombian nun kidnapped more than four years ago in Mali by Islamic extremists linked to Al-Qaeda, has been released, Mali’s acting president Assimi Goita reported on Saturday. “I thank God and thank the Malian authorities for all their efforts to be free,” she said in a short statement.

Gloria Narvaez was kidnapped in February 2017 near Mali’s Burkina Faso border. She was held by al-Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb. The kidnappers published several videos in which a nun asked the Vatican for help.

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“The release is the culmination of four years and eight months of joint efforts by several intelligence services,” President Mali said in a statement on Saturday. The conditions and circumstances of the woman’s release have not been disclosed.

A photo of a smiling sister Narvaez in a yellow robe and a headscarf, sitting in the company of President Assimi Goit was published on Twitter.

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“God bless you, Mali”

Her meeting with the acting president of Mali Assimi Goita was shown on state television.

“First, I thank God who is light and peace, I thank the Malian authorities, the president, for all efforts to be free,” Narvaez said in a brief statement on state television. – God bless you, Mali. Thank you very much – she added. A group linked to al-Qaeda is still holding several other Westerners, including an American clergyman kidnapped in Niger and a French journalist. Kidnappings are a lucrative source of income for Sahel Islamists who are leading an insurgency against local armies as well as French troops and UN peacekeepers stationed in West Africa.

Main photo source: Twitter / @ GoitaAssimi



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