'Mali hostages urge Gov't to negotiate their release'

August 22, 2012 13:50


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ABU DHABI - Three Western hostages seized by al-Qaida militants in Mali last year have urged their governments to negotiate their release, Al Jazeera television reported, showing what it said was footage of the captives.

The three men appeared in good condition in the video broadcast by Al Jazeera on Tuesday night and posted on its website.

The hostages - Sjaak Rijke from the Netherlands, Stephen Malcolm, who has dual South African and British citizenship, and Sweden's Johan Gustafsson - were seized on Nov. 25 while walking along a street in the northern Malian town of Timbuktu. A fourth person in the group was killed.

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