US hostage Jeff Woodke has been released after more than six years in captivity in Africa, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan says.
US aid worker freed six years after kidnapping in Niger
US aid worker Jeff Woodke has been released more than six years after being kidnapped by militants in Niger, US officials say.
Woodke’s release was announced days after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken travelled to Niger for an official visit, becoming the first top US diplomat to visit the country.
“I’m gratified & relieved to see the release of US hostage Jeff Woodke after over 6 years in captivity,” US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Twitter.
“The US thanks Niger for its help in bringing him home to all who miss & love him.”