Burkina Faso: Ex-Australian hostage arrives in Ouagadougou

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The ex-Australian hostage, Jocelyn Eliott, 84, abducted with her husband by elements of Al-Mourabitoune, but released on Saturday, arrived in Ouagadougou Monday on board of the Nigerien presidential aircraft, together with the Nigerien minister of Foreign Affairs minister, Mrs Achatou Kané Boulam, according to official sources.

Mrs Eliott and the Nigerien delegation visited the Burkinabe presidency where they were received by the Burkina Faso president, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.

On Saturday, the group Al-Mourabitoune, affiliated to the Al-Qaida in Islamic Maghreb (AQMI), claimed responsibility for the abduction on 15 January of the Australian couple in northern Burkina-Faso, the same day the terrorist attack claimed the lives for about 30 in Ouagadougou.

The group announced the unconditional release of Mrs Eliott, who is the wife of an Australian doctor.  

Dr. Eliot Kenneth Arthur and Josephine Kenneth lived in the city of Djibo, near Baraboulé, since 1972, where they provide medical care to local populations.

Their abduction caused huge emotion in the northern region, one of the poorest in Burkina Faso, which shares border with Mali and Niger.

Hundreds of students in secondary schools in the northern city of Djibo demonstrated against the abduction. A Facebook page was created as a sign of support for the couple.

On Friday, about 20 gunmen attacked a security patrol, leaving two persons dead, a gendarme and a civilian.

The same evening, the capital Ouagadougou was targeted by a terrorist attack that claimed the lives for 30 persons.

08 february 2016 14:23:39

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