Several dozen jihadists have been released by the Malian authorities. An operation that could allow the release of hostages in the Sahel. These jihadists had been arrested during several military operations.
as reported from Bamako,
Currently, there are security and assumptions. Security is the release this weekend of several dozen jihadists and suspected jihadists.
According to our information, these releases took place in the territory of Malia in at least two places. Towards the center, and especially in the north, in the Tessalit area of the Kidal region bordering Algeria.
As for the reason for these releases, a well-informed source, they come within the framework of discussions, negotiations to possibly release hostages. Among the hypotheses could be liberation of the Malian hostage Soumaila Cissé, politician. The opposition leader of the dissolved parliament was kidnapped in late March in the north by suspected jihadists.
Another hypothesis, the release of Sophie Pétronin. The French woman was kidnapped in December 2016 in northern Mali. The last proof of life regarding her dates from April 2020.