US special forces on Saturday rescued an American citizen, Philip Walton in an operation in Nigeria, US officials said.
Forces including navy Seals rescued Walton, 27, who was abducted on Tuesday from his home in neighboring southern Niger, two US officials said on condition of anonymity, adding that no US troops were hurt.
A diplomatic source in Niger said Walton was now at the US ambassador’s residence in Niamey.
“Big win for our very elite US special forces today,” Donald Trump wrote on Twitter.
The Pentagon confirmed the operation but did not provide the identity of the hostage.
Last night, our Country’s brave warriors rescued an American hostage in Nigeria. Our Nation salutes the courageous soldiers behind the daring nighttime rescue operation and celebrates the safe return of yet another American citizen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2020
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