American kidnapped in Niger regains freedom

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An American citizen, Philip Walton, who was kidnapped by gunmen in Niger earlier this week has been freed, the country’s defence minister told AFP on Saturday.

“I confirm the American hostage was released last night,” without disclosing details of the circumstances that led to the release of the hostage’s whereabouts, minister Issoufou Katambe said.

Philip Walton, the hostage, is the son of a missionary living in Niger, he was abducted on Monday night on the outskirts of Massalata, a village town about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the border with Nigeria.