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Red Cross staff freed in Mali

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Four Malian Red Cross employees, kidnapped on Sunday in the country’s restive centre, have been released, a local official said.

“The four Malian workers of the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) were released on Monday afternoon by their kidnappers. No ransom was paid,” the local official said on Monday on condition of anonymity. “They are all in good health”.

According to another official who saw the workers after they were freed, “the fact that they are all originally from the region is what probably facilitated their release”.

“Our colleagues abducted in the region of Mopti have just been set free without conditions,” ICRC tweeted a little after 8pm on  Monday. “Thank you to all who supported us to make this happen”.

The workers targeted in the kidnapping were “conducting a survey of the humanitarian situation” on Sunday around 7 pm “when unidentified and armed individuals said they had to come with them,” the Red Cross had posted on Facebook on Sunday.

Reuters