A video grab made on February 7, 2016 shows former Australian hostage Jocelyn Elliott (L) beside Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou, in Dosso, after she was released. / AFP / Wendyam Valentin Compaoré
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Elliott was freed after mediation from Niger, which is now trying to secure her husband's release.She arrived in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso's capital, Monday aboard a Niger presidential plane and was taken to the presidential palace, where she was greeted by head of state Roch Marc Christian Kabore.Foreign Minister Alpha Barry confirmed Elliott's intentions.Elliott had appeared on Niger television Sunday evening alongside President Mahamadou Issoufou, who confirmed Niger had mediated but did not give details on either the circumstances or the location of her release.The Burkina government had said the pair were kidnapped in Baraboule, near the country's borders with both Niger and Mali.The kidnapping prompted an outpouring of support, with the people of Djibo turning to Facebook to plead for the couple's release and hundreds of students with placards reading "Free Elliott" taking to the streets of the town with their teachers.Their abduction coincided with a extremist assault on an upmarket hotel in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou that left at least 30 people dead, including many foreigners.
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