The President of the United States of America, USA, Donald Trump, has on Saturday, commended the US Armed Forces for successfully rescuing an American hostage in Nigeria,
The US Armed Forces rescued Philip Walton, a 27 year old American citizen, who was seized by gunmen in Niger State, on October 26.
Walton was moved to Northern Nigeria, where he was held.
The Pentagon confirmed that the operation was executed on Saturday.
“US Forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of 31st 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 US Department of State. No US Military Personnel were injured during the operation”, the Pentagon Spokesman, Jonathan Hoffman, said in a statement.
Hoffman thanked the international Partners for their support for the mission.
The US Official stressed that the US will continue to protect its people and interests anywhere in the world.
The operation reportedly lasted several hours, and eliminated 6 of the 7 Kidnappers.
It was conducted by the Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6, flown by Air Force special operations.
In a statement, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said that Walton would be reunited with his family.
The top Diplomat hailed the Military for the successful extraction, and reiterated that the US will always look out for its nationals.
“Thanks to the extraordinary courage and capabilities of our Military, the support of our Intelligence professionals, and our Diplomatic efforts, the hostage will be reunited with his family.
“We will never abandon any American taken hostage”, Pompeo vowed.