An Australian doctor held captive by al Qaeda-linked extremists for better than seven years in West Africa has been launched, the Australian authorities acknowledged on Friday.
Dr Kenneth Elliott, 88, is protected and properly, and had been reunited alongside together with his partner, Jocelyn, and their youngsters, Australian Abroad Minister Penny Wong acknowledged.
The couple had been seized in January 2016 from Djibo, near Burkina Faso’s border with Mali, the place they’ve operated a 120-bed clinic for better than 40 years.
Jocelyn Elliott was freed after three weeks. Al Qaeda inside the Islamic Maghreb then acknowledged it had kidnapped the couple and would launch the girl unconditionally attributable to public stress and steering from leaders to not include girls in battle.
“At 88 years of age, and after a number of years away from dwelling, Dr Elliott now desires time and privateness to leisure and rebuild energy. We due to your understanding and sympathy,” his family acknowledged in a press launch.
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