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Dutch citizen held nearly 4 years by jihadists in northern Mali heads home after rescue

  • Released Dutch hostage Sjaak Rijke smiles after arriving by airplane in Bamako, Mali, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. French special forces on Monday freed a Dutchman held hostage since being kidnapped in 2011 by extremists in Mali, the government said. There was no word on the fate of two men abducted at the same time. (AP Photo/Harouna Traore)

    Released Dutch hostage Sjaak Rijke smiles after arriving by airplane in Bamako, Mali, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. French special forces on Monday freed a Dutchman held hostage since being kidnapped in 2011 by extremists in Mali, the government said. There was no word on the fate of two men abducted at the same time. (AP Photo/Harouna Traore)  (The Associated Press)

  • Released Dutch hostage Sjaak Rijke waves as he gets off an airplane after his recent release  in Bamako, Mali, Tuesday, April  7, 2015. French special forces on Monday freed a Dutchman held hostage since being kidnapped in 2011 by extremists in Mali, the government said. There was no word on the fate of two men abducted at the same time.  (AP Photo/Harouna Traore)

    Released Dutch hostage Sjaak Rijke waves as he gets off an airplane after his recent release in Bamako, Mali, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. French special forces on Monday freed a Dutchman held hostage since being kidnapped in 2011 by extremists in Mali, the government said. There was no word on the fate of two men abducted at the same time. (AP Photo/Harouna Traore)  (The Associated Press)

  • Released Dutch hostage Sjaak Rijke walks on the runway after arriving by airplane in Bamako, Mali, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. French special forces on Monday freed a Dutchman held hostage since being kidnapped in 2011 by extremists in Mali, the government said. There was no word on the fate of two men abducted at the same time. (AP Photo/Harouna Traore)

    Released Dutch hostage Sjaak Rijke walks on the runway after arriving by airplane in Bamako, Mali, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. French special forces on Monday freed a Dutchman held hostage since being kidnapped in 2011 by extremists in Mali, the government said. There was no word on the fate of two men abducted at the same time. (AP Photo/Harouna Traore)  (The Associated Press)

A Dutch national who was held in captivity by jihadists for nearly four years is preparing to fly back home.

Sjaak Rijke, who was abducted from a hotel in northern Mali in 2011, flew into Mali's capital Bamako Tuesday on his way home. In Bamako he met with Malian officials.

He was freed on Monday in a French special forces raid on his captors' hideout.

The Dutchman appeared in a video posted in November by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, but it's not clear exactly who was holding him.

Officials have not commented on the whereabouts of two others who were abducted alongside Rijke in November 2011.