A Colombian nun kidnapped has been released in Mali. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez was kidnapped by a group associated with al-Qaeda in early 2017. That happened near the Burkina Faso border.
Malian interim President Goita announced that the nun is free again, but gave little details. So it‘s unclear if ransom has been paid. According to Goita, the release is due to “the joint efforts of various intelligence agencies”.
The president received the nun after her release:
In recent years, several videos have appeared in which Narvaez asks for help from the Vatican. After her release, she thanked God and the Malian government. She says she’s been in good health all these years.
Groups associated with al-Qaeda still hold a number of Westerners in West Africa, including an American clergyman and a French journalist. With the kidnappings, the terror groups are trying to get a ransom.