Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- A United States citizen who was kidnapped in Niger this past week has been rescued in a US military operation in Nigeria, US officials confirmed.
Philipe Nathan Walton was taken from his farm in Massalata village in southern Niger, where he had been living with his wife and daughter, early on Tuesday morning by an armed group of six men, demanding ransom from his father.
The US Department of Defense confirmed the military operation on Saturday, saying it took place in northern Nigeria.
The US Department of State declared that the American citizen was safe and now in the care of the US authorities. No US military personnel were injured during the operation, the department added.
President Donald Trump said in a tweet it was a “big win for our very elite US Special Forces today” and details would come later.
It is currently unclear why Mr Walton was targeted and who the armed group were.