Months ago, two Austrian tourists were kidnapped by AQIM in Algeria (probably in Tunisia but whatever). They were freed on Oct 31. I didn't put anything on my blog because I was hoping for some actual news reports in the media other than a one-line sentence saying they had been freed, but I am disappointed. So, no info that I've seen on where they were held, what the kidnappers got in return, or anything like that. And disappointingly to me, no information on what role if any local Tuareg factions played in the negotiations that led to their release. Oh well.
Here are my previous two pieces on the Austrian hostages: AQIM/GSPC kidnaps two in Tunisia, and Update on Austrian hostages of AQIM.