The United States of America sent in a team of trained soldiers into Africa for a rescue mission.
Earlier this week, an American citizen was captured by armed men in Niger and held hostage in Northern part of Nigeria.
In the early hours of 31st October 2020 U.S troops were in Northern Nigeria for a hostage rescue mission. The operation was successful as the captured US citizen didn’t sustain any injury.
“This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State. No U.S military personnel were injured during the operation,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement.
“We appreciate the support of our international partners in conducting this operation. The United States will continue to protect our people and our interests anywhere in the world.”
The operation that lasted for some hours was carried out by the Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6.
The U.S Air Force Special operations flew the team of trained soldiers into the region for this hostage rescue mission.
The team killed six out of the seven captors, an official said. In a statement issued by the US, they think the captors have no connection with other terrorist groups in the region, they were more like bandits looking for money.
Earlier this week, local media reported the kidnapped US citizen is a male missionary but CNN hasn’t revealed his identity yet.
The governor of the local region where the abduction took place was quoted in various local media and by French media reporting from Niger as saying that six men on motorbikes armed with AK-47s came to the man’s property in the village of Massalata, close to the border with Nigeria.
The governor, Abdourahamane Moussa, told these media outlets that after demanding money, the men took the American citizen with them in the direction of the Nigerian border.
The State Department spokesman said that “when a U.S. citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities as they carry out their search efforts, and we share information with families however we can.”
On Saturday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US citizen would be reunited with his family.
“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,” Pompeo said in a statement. “We will never abandon any American taken hostage.”