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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 August, 2003, 15:21 GMT 16:21 UK
In pictures: Hostages return
Former hostages at ceremony in Mali presidential palace
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Some of the 14 freed Europeans were wearing local robes as they emerged from their five-month Sahara kidnap ordeal
Hostages in Mali
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Many of the group looked dishevelled and weary as they waited to meet Malian officials...
Malian President Amadou meets hostages
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...but there was joy as they met Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure (l) who played a big role in their release
Unidentified hostage in bus to airport
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The hostages were bussed to Bamako airport after being handed over to their countries' authorities
German plane waits to take hostages back
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A German military plane arrived in Mali to take the hostages home after their kidnap ordeal
Arrival at Cologne-Bonn airport
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They arrived in Germany, their journey almost over, and were met by friends and relatives
Sybille Graf, left, and Silja Staeheli arrive at Zurich airport
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Swiss hostages looked relieved as they arrived later in Zurich clutching a few possessions
Kurt Schuster and his wife Erna at news conference
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The strain of the ordeal was clear as hostages spoke to the media

Freed hostages land in Germany
20 Aug 03  |  Africa


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