French commandos free Dutch hostage from al-Qaeda group in northern Mali

Sjaak Rijke, a Dutch train conductor kidnapped from a Timbuktu restaurant in November 2011, was freed in a dawn raid by French troops.

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French commandos freed a Dutch hostage from an al-Qaeda-linked group in Mali on Monday, more than three years after he was taken captive while on holiday with his wife, French and Dutch officials said, reports Reuters.