AN AMERICAN who was recently abducted by jihadis in Niger has been rescued in a “high-risk raid” by the elite Navy Seal Team Six.
Philipe Nathan Walton, 27, had been kidnapped in the West African nation on October 26 and gunmen demanded a ransom from his relatives, local officials said.
He was taken from his farm in Massalata in southern Niger at 1.45am.
ABC News reported on Saturday that Walton has been rescued “during a high-risk US military raid in neighboring Nigeria.”
Counterterrorism officials said the Seal team “carried out the rescue mission and killed all but one of the captors.”
The operation was said to have involved the US, Niger, and Nigeria governments.
Walton’s kidnappers called and demanded ransom from his dad, who lives roughly half a mile away from the farm.
A spokesperson for the US state department previously said they were aware of the attack and was giving the family support while working with local authorities to find Walton.
Niger has faced a growing number of attacks by extremists linked to both the Islamic State group and to Al Qaeda.
The kidnapping comes two months after Islamic State-linked militants killed six French aid workers and their Niger guide while they were visiting a wildlife park east of the capital.
Walton’s kidnapping brought the number of foreign hostages believed to be held by extremist groups in Niger to seven.
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