French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted Monday: “Olivier Dubois is free.” He did not elaborate. The conditions of Dubois’ release, including whether it involved a ransom, were not disclosed.
“We feel joy and immense relief,” Reporters Without Borders, also known by its French acronym RSF, said in a statement.
It thanked French authorities for “having implemented the necessary means to obtain his release,” without elaborating.
Dubois’ release came the same day that two kidnapped aid workers with the International Committee of the Red Cross were freed in Mali.
Jihadi groups have been abducting hostages for ransom as a way to fund their operations and expand their presence. At least 25 foreigners and untold numbers of locals have been kidnapped in the Sahel — the vast, semi-arid expanse below the Sahara Desert — since 2015, according to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project.
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