Longtime hostage held by Islamists released

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After six years of Islamist captivity in northern Mali, a Swedish man has been released.

Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallstrom announced on Monday the release of Johan Gustafsson, but declined to give details on how it came to be.

Gustafsson was on a motorcycle tour through Africa in 2011, as Islamic extremism spread throughout its northern reaches. According to Wallstrom, he was the longest-held kidnapping victim in modern Swedish history. A second hostage from South Africa, seized in Timbuktu, wasn’t accounted for.

Gustafsson was flown to Stockholm on a government plane late Monday, but did not appear before media.

French-led military operations forced the jihadists who captured Gustafsson out of their position in 2013, but peacekeepers and Malian forces continue to take on extremist attacks.

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