US special forces rescue American hostage from kidnappers’ hideout in Nigeria
By GFDNews Correspondent
The United States (U.S.) forces on Saturday stormed a kidnappers’ hideout in Nigeria and rescued an American hostage, five days after he was kidnapped on the edge of a rural village in southern Niger, the Pentagon said Saturday.
The man was abducted in Niger and taken across the border to Nigeria, where the US forces freed him without suffering any casualties, it 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, the Pentagon said.
President Donald Trump hailed the rescue operation.
“Big win for our very elite U.S. Special Forces today. Details to follow!” he tweeted.
The gunmen had seized 27-year-old Walton, who kept camels, sheep and poultry and grew mango trees near the border with Nigeria, at around 0145 local time (0045 GMT), a police source, two local officials and three security