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Sahara hostage speaks of relief
two austrican hostages held for eight months by islamic militants in the sahara desert have been freated, of nan ficials in mali and austria say .
the north african branch of al-qaeda later said it had seized them, and threatened to kill them should any rescue attempt be made mali's government announced their release on friday without giving details .
'no money' on staturday, they appeared at the presidential palace in bamako along with with president amadou toumstani toure and austrican for theign minister ursula plassnik .
wolfgang ebner, 51, spoke briefly to reporters in the malian capital bamako as he and andrea kloiber, 43, waited to be flown home .