U.S. Aid Worker Freed From Mali After 6 Years As Apparent Islamic State Hostage

  • An American aid worker kidnapped by militants in West Africa in 2016 has been released from captivity, the Biden administration said Monday.
  • “I’m gratified & relieved to see the release of U.S. hostage Jeff Woodke after over 6 years in captivity,” White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Twitter.
  • “The U.S. thanks Niger for its help in bringing him home to all who miss & love him. I thank so many across our government who’ve worked tirelessly toward securing his freedom,” Sullivan continued about Woodke, who spent 30 years as a humanitarian worker in Niger.
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