This is one reason why Islamic jihad groups take non-Muslim hostages — they often get cash, lots of it, in exchange for them, and failing that, they can use them to get their valuable operatives freed from Infidel prisons. Those exchanges only encourage more hostage-taking.
And when the French released Mohamed Ali Ag Wadossene (why does the BBC leave his first name out of this report), did they assume that he would live out the rest of his life in peace? Open a shop somewhere and settle down? Were they surprised when he returned to the jihad?
“French troops kill AQIM’s Ali Ag Wadossene in Mali,” BBC, July 7, 2015 (thanks to Mick):
French special forces have killed a militant Islamist in Mali who was said to have been freed in exchange for the release of Frenchman Serge Lazarevic.
Ali Ag Wadossene, a senior member of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), was killed in northern Kidal city, a French army statement said.
Two other militants were captured in the operation, it added.
France sent troops to Mali in January 2013 to prevent the militants from over-running the capital, Bamako.
Mr Lazarevic was abducted by AQIM in 2011 and freed last December.
Mr Wadossene and another militant, Heiba Ag Acherif, were jailed in Mali for allegedly being involved in his abduction.
Mali’s government confirmed at the time that Mr Wadossene was one of four militants who had been freed in return for Mr Lazarevic’s release.
Mr Lazarevic said he had been abducted in Mali while on a business trip….