Stephen McGown was kidnapped from a Timbuktu hostel in 2011 but South African government says he is back home

Al-Qaida’s North Africa branch has freed a British-South African dual national who was held hostage for six years in Mali and he has returned home, South Africa’s government has announced.

Stephen McGown, who was released on Saturday, was the longest-held of a number of foreigners seized by Islamist extremists in Mali, where several armed groups roam the west African country’s north.

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