Minister for Africa welcomes release of British hostage in Sudan

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Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham has confirmed the release of British hostage Patrick Noonan, after he was kidnapped in Sudan.

“It is with great pleasure that we can confirm the release of the British hostage Patrick Noonan, who was kidnapped in Sudan three months ago. I would like to thank the Government of Sudan, and notably the Governor of South Darfur for their commitment to securing Patrick’s release. Patrick is now in the care of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Sudan. Patrick’s family and friends must be delighted having endured the ordeal of his captivity with great strength and dignity. We hope the media will respect their request for privacy.”