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Mali: American Jeffrey Woodky, kidnapped since 2016 in Niger, is released

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American humanitarian Jeffrey Woodkey, who was kidnapped in October 2016 in Niger, arrived at Niamey airport on Monday 20 March 2023 free and free, along with French journalist Olivier Dubois, who was also released two years after his kidnapping, a reporter reported. France Press agency.

Woodaki, who was working to help nomadic populations with an NGO in Abalac, Niger, was kidnapped on October 14, 2016 by jihadist groups who later took him to Mali, according to Nigerien security sources.

“I am grateful and relieved that American hostage Jeff Woodkey has been released after more than six years in captivity. The United States thanks Niger for helping bring him home to all who miss and love him,” US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Twitter. They worked tirelessly to secure his freedom.”