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Two Spanish hostages held in the Sahara desert by al Qaeda's north African wing have left for Spain.
Media reports say the two stayed in the capital of Burkina Faso for just two hours before flying home. They'd been held for almost nine
The aid workers, stepped out of a helicopter, to freedom and were greeted by diplomats in Burkina Faso. Spain's Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, says their release ends "a terrorist act that should never have taken place."
The pair were kidnapped in Mauri-tania in November while delivering aid supplies to poor, local villagers. Their female co-worker Alicia Gamez was also captured, but was released in March.
- Al-Qaeda frees 2 Spanish hostages 2010-08-23