Elite commandos along with the governments of the U.S., Niger and Nigeria worked together in an operation to rescue the American, including the elite SEAL Team Six.
A joint military operation has rescued U.S. citizen, Philip Walton, 27, before his captors could get far, after he was kidnapped from his home in Niger on Oct. 26, according to counterterrorism officials.
Multiple reports cite officials familiar with the operation who say it was feared that the gang who captured Walton might sell him to terrorists.
The operation involved the governments of Niger, the U.S. and Nigeria who worked together in the dramatic operation. The elite SEAL Team Six carried out the rescue and killed all but one of the seven captors officials said, according to ABC News.
The State Department expressed gratitude for the support of international partners in the operation.
Walton was kidnapped from the backyard of his home in Massalata, Niger last Monday after his captors asked for money, but he could only produce $40 USD. Walton was then taken by force, according to reports.
Walton lives on a farm in the village of Massalata, which is close to the Nigerian border, with his wife and young daughter.