World News – United States – SEAL Team 6 saves US citizen Philip Walton in Nigeria


By Audrey McNamara

Updated on: October 31, 2020/11: 03
/ CBS News

US forces rescued an American hostage in northern Nigeria Philip Walton, who was kidnapped by a criminal gang, was rescued by SEAL Team 6, reports David Martin, CBS News national security correspondent Officials feared the gang would sell him to terrorists operating in the area

« US Armed forces carried out a hostage rescue operation in the early hours of October 31 in northern Nigeria to recover a US citizen held hostage by a group of armed men, » the door said on Saturday. – Pentagon speech Jonathan Hoffman « This US citizen is safe and is now in the custody of the US Department of State »

Walton, described by a defense official as an American farmer, was kidnapped in Niger earlier this week, Martin reports.He was then taken across the border with Nigeria, according to the secretary of ‘State Mike Pompeo

The criminal gang that captured Walton was based in the small village of Niamey in southwestern Niger, Martin reported. They apparently intended to hold him hostage for ransom

Six kidnappers were involved, and five were killed while rescuing Walton while one escaped, defense official says

A defense official said the raid was carried out with the cooperation and support of Niger and Nigeria

President Trump appeared to praise the rescue on Twitter Saturday morning “Big win for our very elite US Special Forces today Details to follow!” The president tweeted

« The United States is committed to ensuring the safe return of all captured US citizens, » Pompeo said in a statement on Saturday. « We held this commitment late last night in Nigeria, where some of our warriors the bravest and most skilled rescued a US citizen after a group of armed men took him hostage across the border in Niger « 

« Thanks to the courage and extraordinary capabilities of our military, the support of our intelligence professionals and our diplomatic efforts, the hostage will be reunited with his family, » Pompeo said

First published on October 31, 2020/10:05

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World news – United States – SEAL Team 6 saves US citizen Philip Walton in Nigeria



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