Released Australian Hostage Pledges to Stay in Burkina Faso

The Australian woman who was kidnapped last month by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb met with Burkina Faso President Roch March Christian Kabore during a press briefing on Monday, pledging to return to the town where she runs a clinic with her husband.

Jocelyn Elliott was released Saturday in neighboring Niger, while her husband is still being held hostage. Burkina Faso and Niger collaborated closely to secure her release, Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou told reporters in Niamey on Saturday.

Elliott and her husband were kidnapped on Jan. 15, the same day gunmen attacked a hotel and a restaurant in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, leaving at least 26 people dead. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb also claimed responsibility for that militant attack, the worst in the West African nation’s history.

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