Burkina Faso attacks: Australian hospital founder kidnapped by al-Qaeda fighters freed after 23 days

February 8, 2016 8:15 AM

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An Australian woman in her 80s who was kidnapped alongside her husband by al-Qaeda militants in Burkina Faso has been freed after 23 days in captivity. Jocelyn and Ken Elliott were taken hostage by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) on the same day that the terrorists carried out a deadly attack on the Burkina capital of Ouagadougou.

The pair moved to Burkina Faso in 1972 to set up a 120-bed medical clinic in the town of Djibo in the country's north, near the border with Mali. But the couple were abducted on 15 January this year the same day terrorists killed 30 people in an assault aimed at Westerners in the nation's capital.

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