(Source : military.com – Eric Tucker) – Military Forces Rescue Kidnapped American in Niger
An American citizen kidnapped in the West African nation of Niger this past week has been rescued in a U.S. military operation in neighboring Nigeria, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Philipe Nathan Walton was taken from his farm in Massalata in southern Niger early Tuesday morning by armed kidnappers who demanded a ransom from the man’s father.
The Defense Department confirmed the operation Saturday, saying it took place in northern Nigeria.
“(…) No U.S military personnel were injured during the operation,” the department said in a statement. (…)
Earlier this month, two Americans held captive by Iranian-backed militants in Yemen were released, along with a third person, in exchange for the return of about 250 of the Houthi rebels from Oman. (…)
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Photo © Carley Petesch, AP, Niger, 2018. as published in ibid