U.S. Embassy Niamey Statement on the Rescue of an American Citizen from Nigeria

November 9, 2020

The United States government successfully rescued an American citizen from Nigeria early in the morning of October 31, 2020.  The American had been abducted by a group of armed men in Massalata, Tahoua Region, Niger.

U.S. Embassy Niamey thanks all the security forces involved with the investigation and the rescue operation.  The successful rescue operation is a testament to the close cooperation and partnership the United States and Niger share.  Likewise, the United States appreciates Niger’s assistance in this matter and greatly values working with Niger on counterterrorism and security issues.

The Department of State is committed to protecting American citizens throughout the world.