Kidnappings by al-Qaeda and ISIL-linked groups have often occurred as Mali struggles to control violence.
A Colombian nun kidnapped by Mali fighters in 2017 has been released.
Gloria Cecilia Norvez was released on Saturday after more than four years in captivity. He was abducted in February 2011 near the Burkina Faso border by the Al-Qaeda-linked Massina Liberation Front.
“The President of Mali salutes Nan’s courage and bravery. The release is the culmination of four years and eight months of joint efforts by various intelligence agencies. ”
Norwegian, dressed in a ridiculous and yellow robe and wearing a scarf, is seen meeting Mali’s interim president, Asimi Goita, in photos posted on the president’s Twitter feed.
Colombia’s religious sister Gloria Norvez was released on October 09. He was abducted in February 2017 in Carangaso, Kautiala Circle, on the border between Mali and Burkina Faso.
The presidency of Mali salutes the sister’s courage and bravery. pic.twitter.com/xIDiIhzjMR
– Presidency Mali (res Presidency Mali) October 9, 2021
Kidnappings are a lucrative source of cash for armed groups in the Sahel region of West Africa, where they continue to wage widespread insurgency against the national army, French forces and UN peacekeepers.
The presidency did not say whether a ransom had been paid for Norway.
Mali has been fighting violence since 2012 with al-Qaeda and ISIL-linked groups. The fighters have now expanded their operations from their strongholds north of the country’s desert to its center and neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.
In April, a French journalist was abducted in northern Mali. In a hostage video, Olivier Dubois said Sahel had been abducted by Islam and Muslim (GSIM), the largest coalition group of armed groups.
In July, gunmen abducted three Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians from a construction site in southwestern Mali.