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An American held hostage in West Africa since 2016 has been freed

Jeff Wood, an American aid worker held hostage in West Africa for more than six years, has been freed, according to US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

Oudke was taken from his home in Niger in 2016 by a terrorist network operating across Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. He was released in the Mali-Burkina Faso region outside Niger, a senior administration official said.


Jeff Wood


“I am pleased and relieved that US hostage Jeff Wood has been released after more than 6 years in captivity,” Sullivan tweeted Monday morning. “The United States thanks Niger for its assistance in bringing him home to all who miss and love him. I thank the many across our government who worked tirelessly to secure his freedom.”

Wood lived in Niger for many years before being taken over, helping people in the Sahel region.

This is a developing story.

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