American kidnapped in Niger rescued in Northern Nigeria

US forces have rescued an American hostage in Nigeria, the Pentagon said on Saturday.

The man who was abducted in Niger earlier in the week and taken across the border to Nigeria where US forces freed him without suffering any casualties is now in the care of American officials.


According to statement by the Pentagon the US said “The United States is committed to the safe return of all US citizens taken captive,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a separate statement.

“We delivered on that commitment late last night in Nigeria, where some of our bravest and most skilled warriors rescued a US citizen,” he added.


The hostage was identified in Niger as Philip Walton.

He is now safe and in the care of the US State Department according to the Pentagon.


President Donald Trump hailed the rescue operation.

“Big win for our very elite U.S. Special Forces today. Details to follow!,” he tweeted.


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