After thirty years of living in the Malian capital, Lohre was scheduled to celebrate mass on a Sunday morning when his colleagues observed that his phone was off and his car was still parked in front of his home.
A request for response was not immediately answered by the Mali authorities. The German Foreign Office declined to respond through a spokesman. Church representatives and a representative of the Malian government reportedly confirmed his release, which took place on Sunday, November 26, 2023. He returned to Germany immediately on a special airplane, presumably as a result of direct negotiations with the German administration.
Germany continues to maintain a military presence in Mali as part of the MINUSMA UN peacekeeping mission. The military, which seized control of Mali in a coup in 2020, demanded that it be phased out by the end of the year.