Fr. Pierluigi Maccalli freed two years after kidnapping by jihadists
On Thursday, the 8th of October, Fr. Pierluigi Maccalli along with three other captives in Northern Mali was released from captivity.
The four Christians were captured by a jihadist group, probably linked to al-Qaeda. Among the three other hostages was another Italian missionary, Nicola Chiacchio.
The news of their release was confirmed by Italy’s Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio.
“Good news: Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli and Nicola Chiacchio are finally free and well,” he wrote on Twitter, thanking the Italian intelligence services for helping to secure their release.
The 59-year-old Fr. Maccali was kidnapped on the 17th of September 2018, in an isolated parish in southwest Niger, near the border with Burkina Faso.
Source, photo: CNA