SEAL Team Six has rescued an American who was being held hostage by a criminal gang in Northern Nigeria, according to reports.
The gang kidnapped 27-year-old Philip Walton in Niger, which borders Nigeria, earlier this week. Officials worried the gang would sell Walton to terrorists, CBS News reported.
A number of Walton’s captors were killed in the raid, according to Fox News.
“U.S. forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of 31 October in Northern Nigeria to recover an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men,” Chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement Saturday. “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.”
President Trump called the operation a “big win” in a tweet on Saturday.