Malian 'hostage intermediary' claims officials paid a € 2 mln ransom

An intermediary involved in the October release of four hostages in Mali claims that Malian officials paid 2 million euros to jihadists for one of the hostages, the late Malian opposition leader, Soumaïla Cissé.
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At least 1,800 inmates escape after gunmen storm Nigerian jail
More than 1,800 inmates escaped from a prison in Nigeria's southeastern Imo state on Monday after an attack by "armed men," the Nigerian Prison Service said.
Families wait outside the port of Pemba on April 1, 2021, for the boat of evacuees from the coasts of Palma
Mozambique reclaims town of Palma from Islamist militants, army says
Mozambique's military says it has regained full control of the coastal town of Palma 12 days after it was raided by militant Islamists who are affiliated with the Islamic State group.
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (L) welcomed by Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki
Ethiopia says Eritrean troops have 'started to evacuate' Tigray
Ethiopia has announced that military troops from neighboring Eritrea have “started to evacuate” the conflict-hit Tigray region situated between the two African states.
Royal mummies are transported in a gala parade to their new resting place in Cairo
Egyptian mummies pass through Cairo in 'Golden Parade'
A procession of floats carried the mummified remains of 22 pharaohs, including Egypt's most powerful ancient queen, through Cairo Saturday evening, in an eye-catching parade to a new resting place.
Somali army says scores of Shabaab fighters killed in attack
Somalia's army said Saturday that soldiers had killed scores of Al-Shabaab gunmen who attacked two key military bases, while police said five civilians died in a suicide bombing in Mogadishu.
Al-Shabab Attacks Military Bases in Southern Somalia
Simultaneous large explosions were heard in and around two Somali army bases on Saturday, with the military confirming at least nine of its people killed but asserting “heavy losses” among the attackers. The al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility.