BAMAKO, Mali – 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.