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U.S. Rescues American Held Hostage in Nigeria
October 31, 2020


U.S. Department Of State

Office of the Spokesperson

For Immediate Release

Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo

October 31, 2020

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.