the Malian authorities freed more than 100 militants to secure the release of Petronin, and two Italian nationals.
It also secured the release of the country’s 70-year-old politician, Soumaila Cisse, who was also kidnapped by the militants on March 25, 2020, and freed on Oct. 6.
The insurgency in Mali has been rocking the country’s north since 2011, initiated as a separatist uprising.
The Malian authorities have been struggling to take full control over territories taken over by militant groups ever since.
This is with the military support of the French forces; which in 2013 helped to regain somewhat control over the region.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Peter Dada