Australian woman freed after kidnap by al Qaeda in Burkina Faso

Reuters News
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Posted: Feb 06, 2016 3:58 PM

NIAMEY (Reuters) - An Australian woman has been freed after she and her husband were kidnapped by an al Qaeda-affiliated group on Jan. 15 in Burkina Faso, neighboring Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Saturday.

Issoufou presented the freed woman, Jocelyn Elliott, to journalists at a news conference in Dosso, southwestern Niger, and said authorities were intensifying efforts to secure the release of her husband.

(Reporting by Souleymane Ag Anara and Abdoulaye Massalaki; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Toby Chopra)