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Friday, February 25, 2011

MACTV News: Togolese, Malagasy freed by Qaeda in Sahara -minister, Posted by Menelik Zeleke

February 25, 2011 3:22:40 PM

LOME, Feb 25 (Reuters) - A Togolese and a Malagasy man were freed on Friday more than four months after they they were kidnapped in Niger and held hostage by al Qaeda's North African wing, a Togolese government minister said.

Pascal Bodjona, Togo's interior minister, told reporters the pair were freed on Friday morning in Niger but gave no more details.

There was no information about five French hostages who were also taken from the Nigerien mining town of Arlit in September.

(Reporting by John Zodzi; writing by David Lewis; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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