Spanish foreign minister visits Mali for hostage release

March 4th, 2012 - 4:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Madrid, March 4 (IANS) Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo has paid a visit to Mali for releasing two Spanish aid workers kidnapped by groups linked to Al Qaeda last October, Spanish state television network RTVE reported.

Enric Gonlayons and Ainhoa Fernandez de Rincon were taken from a refugee camp in the south of Algeria in late October, 2011 along with an Italian colleague Rosella Urru, Xinhua reported citing the report.

Spain confirmed shortly after the kidnap that the hostages were alive and they were thought to be kept somewhere close to Mali’s border with Niger.

The news of Garcia Margallo’s visit to Mali came on a day when Italian media quoted police sources from Sardinia, where Rosella Urru’s family live, that she had been released.

The Italian government was yet to confirm it.

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