American citizen kidnapped in Niger

Niamey (AFP) – An American citizen has been kidnapped by gunmen in southern Niger, a senior official told AFP on Tuesday.The American, described as the son of a missionary living in Niger, was abducted by six men armed with Kalashnikovs on the outskirts of Massalata, a village about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the border with Nigeria, said the prefect of the Birni Nkonni department, Ibrahim Abba Lele.They left on three motorcycles, heading for the border, he said, an account confirmed by the village chief, Ibrahim Dagual.A man named Bruce Walton told local radio station Niyya that his son P…

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