Al Jazeera crew freed from Niger prison

Correspondent Yvonne Ndege and crew released after being held in country’s southern city of Zinder for three days.

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An Al Jazeera correspondent and her team have been finally released from a Niger jail after being held by authorities since Saturday.

Al Jazeera’s Yvonne Ndege, camera operator Romuald Luyindula, producer Mohammed Abubakar and driver Rabiu Abdullahi were held in Zinder, southern Niger.

The team was initially detained at around 9:00 GMT on Saturday, questioned, and asked to hand over the material from a story they were filming about refugees.

The four-person team was released late on Monday evening without charge to make way back to the border into Nigeria.

Al Jazeera media network would like to thank everyone who was involved in trying to secure the release and safe return of their staff.

Source: Al Jazeera