An Australian woman has been freed after she was kidnapped with her husband by an Al Qaeda-affiliated group, Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou announced on Saturday.
Issoufou introduced the freed woman, Jocelyn Elliott, to journalists at a press meeting in Dosso, in the south-west corner of Niger, and added that officials were making an endeavour to secure the freedom of her husband.
The couple was kidnapped in the city of Baraboule, near the west African country's border with Niger and Mali.
There were contradicting reports on whether they were living in Burkina Faso or were there as tourists. Some sources said that the couple was doing volunteer work in the area.