Kidnapped Australian Jocelyn Elliot arrives in Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou: Australian woman Jocelyn Elliot, who was kidnapped along with her husband Ken by al-Qaeda militants before being released on the weekend, has arrived in Burkina Faso's capital.

Mrs Elliot and her husband were kidnapped in mid-January by al-Qaeda-affiliated militants from the northern Burkina Faso town of Djibo, near the Mali border, where the Christian couple had been operating a 120-bed medical clinic.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, though the group said in an audio recording on Friday that it would release Jocelyn Elliot so as "not to make women involved in the war".

Both Elliots are aged in their 80s.

Jocelyn Elliot was released by her captors in neighbouring Niger, and arrived by plane in Ouagadougou on Monday morning before going to the presidency.


Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she had been able to talk to Mrs Elliot on the weekend after she was released in Niger.

Ms Bishop said Mrs Elliot was tired and looking forward to having a "sleep in a lovely bed, as she put it".

The Foreign Affairs Minister told Seven Network on Monday Australian officials on the ground would work with Mrs Elliot to find out who was holding Dr Elliot and where.

The Elliot family has called for the militants to show similar mercy to her husband.