Was a ransom paid?

Published on 23 August 2010 at 11:43

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“The end of a nightmare after 267 days," proclaims Público's front page. The two Spanish volunteers kidnapped in Mauritania last November have been freed after almost nine months of captivity. “The longest kidnapping by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has ended with the extradition to Mali of a terrorist condemned in Mauritania,” it says. The Spanish government is reported to have paid between five and 10 million euros for the hostages’ liberation as a part of the deal.

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