Germany and Switzerland paid ransom for kidnapped Canadians: Algerian security source

I have an article in tomorrow’s print edition of Maclean’s about al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the Islamist group that held Canadian diplomats Robert Fowler and Louis Guay, along with some details about how they were freed.

I’ve learned more since our magazine was sent to the printers – most notably that Germany and Switzerland paid a US$8 million ransom to spring their kidnapped nationals and, unofficially, to free the Canadians as well. The new info in online here.

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