N’DJAMENA, Chad — A French nationwide working in wildlife conservation was kidnapped in northeastern Chad by unknown kidnappers, the governments of each international locations stated Saturday.
Jerome Hugonnot was working for the Sahara Conservation Fund in Wadi Fara province bordering Sudan on the time of his abduction Friday, Chadian authorities spokesman Aziz Mahamat Saleh stated in a press release.
The Chadian authorities has mobilized all its sources to search out Hugonnot, Saleh stated, including that the abductors had been “people not but recognized.” Plenty of armed teams function alongside the Chad-Sudan border.
“We’re conscious of the kidnapping of one in every of our compatriots in Chad and are in contact together with his household, in addition to with Chadian authorities, with a purpose to receive his launch rapidly,” the French overseas ministry stated in a press release.
French media reported that Hugonnot additionally has Australian citizenship.
The Sahara Conservation Fund and its companions have spent years in Chad working to reintroduce a species of desert antelope generally known as the scimitar-horned oryx.