Al Qaeda

French Hostages Kidnapped in Niger Released

Had been held for three years

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Four French hostages kidnapped by al Qaeda's north African arm three years ago in Niger have been released, President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday.

Speaking during a state visit to Slovakia, Hollande said they would return as soon as possible to France.

"I want to express all my gratitude to the President of Niger who obtained the release of our compatriots," Hollande said during a news conference in Bratislava.