Kidnapped Election Officials in Mali Set Free

Officials in Mali say all individuals abducted by gunmen in the northern part of the country have been set free.

Five people, including four election officials, were kidnapped Saturday in the town of Tessalit, a week before a presidential poll aimed at restoring democracy, peace and unity in the country.

Malian authorities have blamed the kidnapping on the ethnic Tuareg separatist group, MNLA. Officials have arrested one of its leaders, Baye Ag Diknane, in connection with the crime.

The MNLA …