American NGO worker kidnapped in Niger: security source

Niger's national guard soldiers are seen patrolling near the village of Abalak, north-east of the capital NiameyAn American NGO worker was kidnapped Friday night in the Niger town of Abalak, northeast of the capital Niamey, before being taken by his abductors to Mali, a security source told AFP. “It is too early to determine the identity of the kidnappers, who have returned to Mali. Niger’s long, porous borders make it occasionally vulnerable to the armed violence that has rocked neighbouring states including Mali in recent years.

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