August 23, 2010 / 12:17 PM / 9 years ago

Freed Spanish hostages arrive in Burkina capital

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Two Spanish aid workers held by al Qaeda’s North African wing in the Sahara desert arrived in the Burkina Faso capital on Monday after their release from nearly nine months of captivity, a Reuters witness said.

A Burkinabe military helicopter brought Albert Vilalta and Roque Pascual to Ouagadougou where they were to be received by President Blaise Compaore. Spanish officials said earlier the two were due to fly on to Barcelona later on Monday.

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