United States Of America Special forces have rescued an American hostage in Nigeria , the Pentagon said Saturday .

The man was abducted in Niger and taken across the border to Nigeria , where US forces freed him without suffering any casualties, it said .

“ The United States is committed to the safe return of all US citizens taken captive ,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a separate statement.

“ We delivered on that commitment late last night in Nigeria , where some of our bravest and most skilled warriors rescued a US citizen , ” he added .

The hostage was identified in Niger as Philip Walton . He is now safe and in the care of the US State Department , the Pentagon said.

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