An American hostage has been rescued in Nigeria by SEAL Team 6 in a daring raid.
‘They were all dead before they knew what happened:’ U.S. citizen, 27, kidnapped in Niger is rescued by SEAL team 6 in a high-risk raid in which six of his captors were killed
Vail Daily Mail
- Philip Walton, 27, was taken from his farm in southern Niger early Tuesday morning by kidnappers armed with AK-47 assault rifles
- He was brought across the border to Nigeria where U.S. officials feared he could be taken or sold to a group of Islamist militants
- His captors demanded a ransom from his father who also lives in Niger
- SEAL Team 6 rescued Walton in a daring early-morning raid on Saturday
- All but one of his seven captors were killed in the dramatic operation
- ‘They were all dead before they knew what happened,’ an official said
- Walton is now back in Niger, the Defense Department confirmed
Without suffering any casualties, the elite commandos parachuted into Nigeria and rescued Philip Walton, 27, who had been taken hostage by armed men last week, officials told Fox News.
“We had to get him before any potential trade or sale,” one U.S. official said.
Another amazing military operation, similar to the killing of Osama Bin Laden with zero American casualties, and the drone strike which killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani.
President Trump has included this success in his campaign’s closing pitch, explaining how his administration has brought home over 60 Americans in his first 4 years, without sending money to any of these terrorist groups.
Via Fox News
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told “Fox & Friends” that the decision to pull the trigger on the operation was “tough,” but that ultimately the president prioritizes the safety of American citizens.
“They’re very tough ones to make because … it has to be conducted just perfectly,” McEnany said.
She added: “A lot of keeping things quiet until that moment when you get the go-ahead, and I was talking to some of our soldiers and they said to me, ‘We pray to get the green light.'”
Walton was kidnapped in Niger, where he lives. The rescue took place in northern Nigeria, which neighbors Niger, early Saturday, officials said.
The SEALs rescued Walton after killing a number of his captors. SEAL Team 6 was chosen for the operation because they are responsible for West Africa, Fox News has learned.
“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,” Jonathan Hoffman, chief Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.
“No U.S military personnel were injured during the operation,” Hoffman added. “We appreciate the support of our international partners in conducting this operation.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the government made good on its pledge to safely return all American citizens taken captive.
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“We delivered on that commitment late last night in Nigeria, where some of our bravest and most skilled warriors rescued a U.S. citizen after a group of armed men took him hostage across the border in Niger,” Pompeo said in a statement.
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