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Sunday, October 16, 2016

American aid worker kidnapped in Niger

An American citizen working for a non-governmental organization "JEMED" has reportedly been kidnapped in Abalak, in the Tahoua region of Niger, according to The Long War Journal. This is the same region of Niger as last weeks attack on a Malian refugee camp.

The American works on behalf of YWAM (Youth with a Mission) an American NGO and the bodyguard and Nigerian national guard were killed during the kidnapping.

According to Nigerian government sources, the kidnappers would head north to Tchintabaraden and finally to the Malian border. This was later confirmed by France24.

It was also confirmed that the American had been living in Niger since the 1990's.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has been responsible for several kidnappings of Westerners in Niger and they are suspected in yesterday's kidnapping. However, no group has yet claimed responsibility.