An 83-year-old American nun who was kidnapped by jihadists in northern Burkina Faso in April has been launched, the Catholic Church stated.
Sister Suellen Tennyson, a nun with the Congregation of Marianites of the Holy Cross, had been kidnapped within the parish of Yalgo, the place she had labored since 2014.
In an announcement, the bishop of the diocese of Kaya, Theophile Nare, introduced “to all, that with nice pleasure and gratitude to God,” Tennyson “has been launched by her kidnappers.”
She is “at the moment in a protected place … [and] in good well being,” Nare stated, within the assertion that reached AFP on Wednesday, including that he had no particulars in regards to the circumstances of her launch however was “deeply grateful to all those that labored for it.”
In Washington, a U.S. State Division spokesman confirmed “the discharge of a U.S. citizen in Niger who had been held hostage in West Africa.”
The spokesman didn’t determine the person, however Tennyson was the one recognized American hostage within the area.
“This particular person will quickly be reunited with family members. It’s the want of the person to stay non-public presently, and we ask that every one respect that want,” the spokesman stated.
Yalgo lies between the cities of Kaya and Dori, within the coronary heart of a area of northern Burkina Faso that, like neighboring Niger, has been tormented by jihadists linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group.
1000’s of individuals have died and almost 2 million individuals have fled their properties within the 7-year-old insurgency.
In April 2021, three Europeans who had been reported lacking after an assault in jap Burkina — two Spaniards and an Irishman — had been “executed by terrorists,” the authorities stated on the time.