Africa Minister welcomes release of British hostage

The Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham has welcomed the release of aid worker Patrick Noonan. He said:

Patrick is now in the care of the World Food Programme in Sudan. Patrick's family and friends must be delighted, having endured the ordeal of his captivity with great strength and dignity.

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British hostage freed in Sudan

British hostage Patrick Noonan, who was kidnapped in Sudan three months ago, has been freed, the Foreign Office said today.