Kidnappers of American in Niger demand ransom: official
Kidnappers of American in Niger demand ransom: official

Niamey (AFP) – The gunmen who kidnapped an American citizen in southern Niger issued a ransom demand Wednesday for his release, a local official said.The hostage, Philip Walton, described as the son of a missionary living in Niger, was abducted Monday night by six men armed with Kalashnikovs on the outskirts of Massalata, a village about 10 kilometers (six miles) from the border with Nigeria.”The kidnappers phoned the man’s father and demanded a ransom,” said Ibrahim Abba Lele, prefect of the Birni Nkonni department, which includes Massalata.The US State Department said Tuesday it was aware of…

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