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In 2003, an ill-equipped band captured dozens of European tourists in Mali and Algeria; it eventually ransomed them for $6.
Radu Ioanid and his mother were among the Jews ransomed by Israel from Ceaucescu's Romania, and in The Ransom Of The Jews: The Story Of Extraordinary Secret Bargain Between Romania And Israel, he sets to rest the various myths and rumors about a policy which strangely enough resulted in the author's freedom.