The successful operation to free the American citizen kidnapped in in Niger republic and taken to Nigeria has shown the level of diplomatic and bilateral cooperation between the nations in getting rid of terrorism and banditry in Sub Saharan Africa. The US special forces mounted an operation in Nigeria to free an American citizen who had been kidnapped by armed men few days ago.  Forces including Navy SEALs rescued 27-year-old Philip Walton, who had been abducted on Tuesday from his home in neighboring southern Niger.

Speaking via diplomatic channels as posted by the United States Embassy, the United States Presidency said “Last night, at my direction, the United States military conducted a successful operation to rescue an American hostage in Nigeria, kidnapped just 96 hours earlier. United States Special Forces executed a daring nighttime operation to rescue their fellow American with exceptional skill, precision, and bravery. No United States Service Members were harmed. The former hostage is currently in good health and has been reunited with his family.”

US forces rescue American kidnapped in Niger | Niger | Al Jazeera

He added” Securing the freedom of Americans held in captivity abroad has been a top national security priority of my Administration. Since the beginning of my Administration, we have rescued over 55 hostages and detainees in more than 24 countries. Today’s operation should serve as a stark warning to terrorists and criminal thugs who mistakenly believe they can kidnap Americans with impunity.”

Walton was kidnapped by six men armed with AK-47 assault rifles who arrived on motorcycles at his home in southern Niger’s Massalata village early last week. They (kidnappers) demanded money and searched the family’s home before leaving with Walton. His wife, young daughter and brother were left behind.

Anthony Emeka Nwosu


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