Four Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb members were released from a Mali prison in exchange for the freeing of the French hostage before the deadline for his execution expired. The AQIM fighters - two Algerians, one Mauritanian and one national from Burkino Faso - were discharged after a two-hour trial hearing in Bamako. An Italian national and his wife are reportedly a part of the exchange deal.
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