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Trump praises ‘elite US Special Forces’ after kidnapped American national rescued in Nigeria

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United States President Donald Trump on Saturday praised the US elite Special Forces after they rescued a kidnapped American national in a raid in Niger.

Taking to Twitter, Trump wrote, "Big win for our very elite U.S. Special Forces today."

"Last night, our Country’s brave warriors rescued an American hostage in Nigeria. Our Nation salutes the courageous soldiers behind the daring nighttime rescue operation and celebrates the safe return of yet another American citizen!" he added.

 

A 27-year-old man, Philipe Nathan Walton, was kidnapped in Niger on October 26. His captors demanded a ransom for his release.

Walton was rescued in a "high-risk raid" operation conducted by the US special forces in Northern Nigeria, and his captors were killed in the operation.

He was abducted on Tuesday from his home in neighboring southern Niger, two US officials said on condition of anonymity.

A diplomat source in Niger said Walton is now at the U.S. ambassador`s residence in Niamey.

Walton, who kept camels, sheep, and poultry and grew mangoes near the border with Nigeria, 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 on Tuesday.

His wife, young daughter, and brother were left behind.

Reuters has reported that the perpetrators appeared to be from the Fulani ethnic group and that they spoke Hausa and some English. They demanded money and searched the family`s home before leaving with Walton.

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 U.S. forces.

( With input from Reuters)

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