3 August 2017

South Africa: SA Hostage in Mali Released

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Screenshot of a video released in December 2015 delivering proof of life for South African citizen Stephen McGowan. McGowan was abducted by al-Qaeda operatives in Mali during November 2011.

Stephen McGown, a South African who has been held hostage in Mali for more than five years, has been released, it emerged on Thursday.

This was announced by International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at a post-Cabinet lekgotla media briefing.

McGown was abducted in November 2011 at a hostel in Timbuktu together with Swedish national Johan Gustaffsson, who was recently released.

He was held by AQIM (al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb), an Islamist militant organisation.

More to follow.

Source: News24

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