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Warsaw announces the release of a Polish doctor kidnapped in Chad

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski announced on Tuesday the release of a Polish doctor kidnapped last week in southern Chad. Alexandra Kuligovskaya is “alive and well,” he said on the social network X, adding that he informed the doctor’s relatives.

He also thanked “local forces and our French allies for their actions,” without providing details about the conditions of his release.

The doctor “was released an hour and a half ago (…), she is healthy and, of course, will be examined by doctors,” the minister added in a published video about Alexandra Kuligovskaya’s family members. “Your prayers have been answered, your daughter will soon return home,” the minister added.

“The Polish woman kidnapped in Chad is already safe and will soon return to the country. On this occasion, I express my warmest gratitude to the French Minister of Defense @SebLecornu and the French soldiers, thanks to whom the Polish woman gained freedom,” said Polish Defense Minister Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz. the same social network.

Kidnapped from the hospital on Friday.

Alexandra Kuligovskaya, a volunteer, was abducted last Friday by unknown armed men in southern Chad along with a Mexican colleague from the Saint-Michel hospital in Dono Manga, an area run by the international Catholic humanitarian organization Caritas. The establishment is located more than 400 km southeast of the capital N’Djamena.

Two men accompanying the fake patient arrived at the facility in the morning and three took advantage of the absence of the soldiers who usually guard it during the Muslim Friday prayer to kidnap two doctors, Iljima Abdraman told AFP by telephone. , governor of the province of Tangile, where Dono Manga is located.

No known claims

They were joined by a fourth attacker. “They were armed and took the hostages away on motorcycles,” continued Iljima Abdraman, adding that “under pressure from the pursuing police, they abandoned the Mexican doctor but managed to escape with the woman.”

No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, but it occurred in a region where armed bandits kidnap Chadian civilians for ransom with relative frequency. A search was launched by Chadian and French forces (based in Chad, editor’s note) to find Alexandra Kuligowska.

Source: Le Parisien

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