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Romanian abducted by Al Qaeda affiliate group regains freedom after 8 years

A Romanian national, Iulian Ghergut, who was abducted by an Al-Qaeda affiliate group in Burkina Faso in 2015 has regained his freedom.

The 47-year-old was abducted by Al-Mourabitoun while working in a manganese mine near the border with Mali and Niger in April 2015.

The Romanian foreign ministry confirmed his release in a statement on Wednesday.

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The Romanian government thanked its Moroccan counterpart for its “important support.”

“He (Ghergut) has been released and is currently safe on Romanian territory,” the statement read.

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