An American hostage has been rescued in Nigeria by SEAL Team 6 in a daring raid.
The elite SEAL Team 6 staged a daring raid in Northern Nigeria, rescuing Philip Walton, 27.
“We had to get him before any potential trade or sale,” one U.S. official said.
President Donald Trump tweeted out a show of support, calling the operation a “big win” for the elite force, and promised further details.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany also stated that the decision to pull the trigger on the operation was “tough,” but that ultimately the president prioritizes the safety of American citizens.
Walton was kidnapped in Niger, which borders Nigeria, earlier this week. The hostage rescue took place in northern Nigeria earlier today.
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.
No U.S military personnel were injured during the operation.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the government “delievered on the commitment” to safely return all American citizens taken captive.
“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.
“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. We will never abandon any American taken hostage.”