American missionary kidnapped in Niger, in West Africa

The missionary, who had been living in the region “for several years,” was abducted “in a garden on the outskirts of Massalata,” a village 250 miles east of the capital Niamey, according to the prefect of the Birni Nkonni department, Ibrahim Abba Lele. Three Europeans, including 75-year-old French non-governmental organization worker Sophie Petronin, were released by their captors in Mali earlier this month under a prisoner swap arranged by the Malian government. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

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U.S. There were no immediate further details about his disappearance and no immediate claims of responsibility. American missionary kidnapped in Niger, in West Africa

October 27, 2020 / 7:20 AM
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An American missionary has been kidnapped in southern Niger, close to the border with Nigeria, the senior state official in the area told AFP on Tuesday. Map of Niger, in West Africa

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They include American aid worker Jeffery Woodke, who was kidnapped in the central town of Abalak in October 2016 and is believed to have been taken to neighboring Mali. Several westerners are currently being held hostage in the region. troops link rare cancers, other illnesses to remote base

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The president of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, said in September last year that he had information that Woodke was alive and in good health. First published on October 27, 2020 / 7:20 AM