Al Jazeera has confirmed that its two journalists held by the Nigerian military since 24 March 2015 have been released.
Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustapha were allowed to leave the Maiduguri hotel where they were detained, and they have now completed the journey back to Al Jazeera’s bureau in Abuja.
Salah Negm, director of news for Al Jazeera English, said: “We’re pleased for Ahmed and Ali that their ordeal is over. They’re looking forward to spending some time with their families and loved ones. I know that both of them want to thank everyone that helped secure their release, including NGOs, politicians and fellow journalists.”