United States forces have on Saturday carried out a rescue operation in northern Nigeria to recover an American citizen who was held captive by armed men.
Spokesman of Pentagon (headquarters building of United States Department of Defense), Jonathan Hoffman in a statement on Saturday, October 31, stated;
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.
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.
The State Department confirmed earlier this week that a US citizen had been abducted in Niger.
While the Pentagon did not provide the American citizen’s identity, Reuters quoted a US official to have said, it was 27-year-old Philip Walton, who was kidnapped earlier in the week, and the raid included Navy SEALs.
Six gunmen riding motorcycles and armed with AK-47 assault rifles kidnapped Walton from his home in the village of Massalata, close to the border with Nigeria early on Tuesday.
Governor of the region, Abdourahamane Moussa, told media outlets that after demanding money, the armed men took the American citizen with them in the direction of the Nigerian border.
The State Department spokesman 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.
Niger, like much of West Africa’s Sahel region, faces a deepening security crisis as groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State carry out attacks on the army and civilians, despite help from French and US forces.
Search The Poise
Promote Your Music
Recent Posts On The Poise
- CNN Dares Nigeria Government, Releases Second #ENDSARS Report
- Ondo Deputy Speaker, Ogundeji Impeached
- Flavour Unveils NEW Album FLAVOUR OF AFRICA + Release Date
- Nigerians To Pay Over N5m Visa Bond Fee As Trump Introduces New Policy
- Bbnaija Winner Laycon Set To Star In Showmax’s First Nigerian Original Series
- Watch Lady Donli In Visuals of “Rockstar Parole“
- American Singer Dr Maleek Enlists Terri For “On My Way”
- Former Barcelona and Milan midfielder Halilovic joins Championship side Birmingham City
- Unidentified persons reportedly blow up oil facilities in Bayelsa
- Trump allows kick-off of transition programme
Top Posts & Pages
Entertainment News3 years ago
Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez Have Started Hanging Out Again
Articles3 years ago
Marcus Rashford’s Girlfriend Lucia Loi
Photos3 years ago
Leroy Sane’s Girlfriend Candice Brook
Celebrities2 years ago
David Beckham Allegedly Got His Daughter’s Teacher Pregnant
News2 years ago
Nigeria Gets Fresh $200m Loan To Finance Electricity Projects
Celebrities3 years ago
Jesse Lingard Breaks Up With Girlfriend Jena Frumes
News2 weeks ago
Bank documents expose how Tinubu’s Alpha-Beta moved billions
Entertainment News3 years ago
Top 10 Sexiest Young Female Celebrities in The World