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Mali: Release of three Chinese employees kidnapped on July 17, 2021

AA / Bamako / Amarana Maiga

The presidency of Mali announced in a statement on Monday the release of the three Chinese employees of the construction company COVEC, kidnapped on July 17, 2021 on the Nara-Kwala axis, in the region of Nara, in the southwest. from the country.

According to the press release consulted by the Anadolu Agency, this release, which comes three weeks after that of the Colombian Catholic sister, Gloria Cécilia NARVAEZ, “was possible thanks to the joint efforts of the Defense and Security Forces, the Special Forces and intelligence services which have greatly benefited from the support and coverage of the MI 171 helicopters, recently acquired by the Air Force “.

The president of the Transition, Colonel Assimi Goïta, praised the courage of the three ex-hostages, before congratulating the different forces for their professionalism, according to the same source.

He reiterated “the firm will of the Malian authorities” to obtain the release of all those held hostage on Malian territory.

As a reminder, five agents, three Chinese and two Mauritanians, belonging to the company of Sanitation and Works of Transport and Maintenance (ATTM) and the China National Overseas Engineering Corporation (COVEC), had been kidnapped in Nara in the south- western Mali.

The two Mauritanian employees kidnapped in Nara were released on July 27, Malian authorities said.

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