The United States Department of Defense Pentagon said United States forces had rescued an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men in Northern Nigeria.
In a post by the country’s mission in Nigeria, the Pentagon said the hostage rescue operation took place during the early hours of 31 October 31, 2020.
It further stated that “the American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State”, adding that no US military personnel were injured during the operation.
“U.S. forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of 31 October in Northern Nigeria to recover an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men. This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State. No U.S military personnel were injured during the operation,” Pentagon spokesperson, Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement.
“We appreciate the support of our international partners in conducting this operation. The United States will continue to protect our people and our interests anywhere in the world.”
It also said the mission was undertaken by elite commandos as part of a major effort to free Phillip Walton, 27, before his abductors could get far after taking him captive in Niger on Oct. 26.
The State Department spokesperson said that “when a U.S. citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities as they carry out their search efforts, and we share information with families however we can.”