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Spanish aid workers freed

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Two Spanish aid workers taken hostage by Al Qaeda are free, the Spanish government says
  • The workers were kidnapped in November 2009

(CNN) -- Two Spanish aid workers are free after being taken hostage by al Qaeda in North Africa nearly nine months ago, the Spanish government said Monday.

The workers were taken from Mauritania on November 29 of last year; but they are now in a safe place, according to government officials.

No details of the release have been given.

Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was expected to hold a news conference Monday to address the issue.