On October 14th, gunmen abducted American NGO worker from his home in Abalak, Niger, killing two guards in the attack. Jeffrey Woodke had been working with the local Tuaregs since the early 90s and is well regarded within his community.

From the Guardian

American non-government worker reportedly kidnapped in Niger

“An American NGO worker was kidnapped Friday around 9pm local time in Abalak. It is too early to determine the identity of the kidnappers, who have returned to Mali. The authorities have put the region on maximum alert,” the source said, asking not to be named.

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From the Independent

American aid worker Jeffery Woodke kidnapped by suspected Islamists in Niger

Pete Thompson, a spokesperson for the group, said Mr Woodke had 29 years of experience in Niger and had been working with a local partner organisation called JEMED.

“At the time of the abduction, two other men were killed including a local Tuareg night guard and a national guard,” Mr Thompson said. 

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From News24

Niger town fears for abducted US aid worker ‘Jeff’

“We are furious and shocked by this kidnapping,” said Ibrahim Adamou, a 16-year-old student, as he and neighbours of Woodke recalled the evening of October 14 when the American was seized at gunpoint from his home.

“Like every night, he was drinking tea” in the courtyard of his house, along with his guards, when “two armed men in turbans” stormed in and grabbed him, killing his bodyguard and a member of the national guard.

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