French aid worker Sophie Petronin kidnapped in Mali

French aid worker Sophie Petronin kidnapped in Mali

A Frenchwoman who runs an organisation for malnourished children has been kidnapped in Mali’s restive north, France’s foreign ministry confirmed on Sunday, as French troops joined in the search for the aid worker. Sophie Petronin was abducted in the city of Gao on Saturday, the ministry said, adding that French and Malian authorities were working […]

Niger says US aid worker likely kidnapped by Mali jihadists

Niger says US aid worker likely kidnapped by Mali jihadists

A US aid worker kidnapped in Niger is likely being held by jihadists from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao), the country’s interior minister said Sunday. Jeffery Woodke — the first American to be kidnapped in the west African country – was seized at gunpoint from his home in the central […]

Nigeria confirms release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram

Nigeria confirms release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram

Jihadist group Boko Haram released 21 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls to the Nigerian government following a prisoner swap, an official in the president’s office said Thursday. The Chibok girls were released as part of a prisoner swap deal struck between Boko Haram, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Nigerian and Swiss governments, said […]

Kidnapped Franco-Tunisian Red Cross worker freed in Yemen

Kidnapped Franco-Tunisian Red Cross worker freed in Yemen

  A Franco-Tunisian Red Cross staffer kidnapped in Yemen almost a year ago was freed on Monday and taken to Muscat, the Omani foreign ministry said. The Omani foreign ministry said the release of Nourane Houas was secured “at the request of the French authorities, the instructions of Sultan Qaboos and in coordination with Yemeni […]

Two Italians kidnapped in southern Libya, foreign ministry says

Two Italians kidnapped in southern Libya, foreign ministry says

Two Italian citizens and a Canadian have been kidnapped in southern Libya, Italy’s foreign ministry said on Monday. A spokeswoman for the ministry confirmed Italian media reports that the pair had been seized in the desert, but gave no further details. The foreign ministry and its crisis unit were following the situation, the spokeswoman said. […]

American, Australian professors kidnapped at gunpoint in Kabul

American, Australian professors kidnapped at gunpoint in Kabul

An American and an Australian were kidnapped at gunpoint in the heart of Kabul, officials said Monday, the latest in a series of abductions of foreigners in the conflict-torn country. The two professors at the American University of Afghanistan were seized on Sunday evening and no group has so far claimed responsibility for their abduction. […]