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Niger hunts kidnapped US aid worker

Niger has launched an army operation to hunt down a kidnapped American aid worker, the west African country's interior minister said Saturday. The aid worker -- the first US national to be kidnapped in Niger -- was abducted Friday night in the town of Abalak, in the restive central Tahoua region. "A search is underway. Our forces have been mobilised," Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum told AFP by telephone.
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