Mali security forces rescue the three construction workers, hail their ‘bravery and pugnacity’.

Three Chinese nationals who were kidnapped in Mali have been rescued by security forces after they escaped their captors on the weekend, according to the Malian army.

In a statement, the army said the three men were rescued on Monday.

The Chinese nationals working for the COVEC construction company were abducted by unknown gunmen on July 17.

They were seized along with two Mauritanians from a construction site near the town of Kwala.

The Mauritanians were freed 10 days later.

The Malian army said the remaining captives managed to stage a successful escape on Sunday.

Ground and air forces located the men the following day, in a joint operation whose success was aided by

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