US Citizen Kidnapped in Niger Rescued in Nigeria in Military Operation

An American citizen kidnapped in the West African nation of Niger has been rescued in a U.S. military operation in neighboring Nigeria, U.S. officials said.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — An American citizen kidnapped in the West African nation of Niger this past week has been rescued in a U.S. military operation in neighboring Nigeria, U.S. officials said Saturday. The man was taken from his farm in Massalata in southern Niger early Tuesday morning by armed kidnappers who demanded a ransom from the man’s father. He was identified earlier in the week by a local government official as Philipe Nathan Walton, though…

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