The United States military has rescued one of it citizen after a group of armed men took him hostage across the border in Niger.
This was contained in a statement made available to iBrandTV on Saturday.
According to the statement, the United States is committed to the safe return of all U.S. 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.
“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.”
Commenting on the development, Jonathan Hoffman, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs stated that, “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. 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.
“We appreciate the support of our international partners in conducting this operation.
“The United States will continue to protect our people and our interests anywhere in the world.”