A sum between 3 and 5 million euros has been handed over to Al Qaida for the Islamic Maghreb for the release of the Swiss hostage, Werner Greiner, reported the Algerian press today. According to Liberté, quoting informant sources, a Malian intermediary was to have delivered the 5 million euros to the terrorist group. According to the Arab language newspaper El Khabar, the sum was set at 3 million, and arrived in northern Niger with a Tuareg intermediary.
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