US nun held hostage in Burkina Faso freed with help from US forces

US nun held hostage in Burkina Faso freed with help from US forces
US nun held hostage in Burkina Faso freed with help from US forces

Sister Suellen Tennyson was released from terrorist custody in Nigeriens (Niger borders Burkina Faso) and then handed over to US authorities, a US official with knowledge of the situation said. Several U.S. officials and Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy have confirmed Tennyson’s identity. The exact circumstances of his release are unclear at this time.

U.S. Africa Command personnel “facilitated the safe rotation” of the terrorists’ U.S. citizen, Lt. Cmdr. Timothy Pietrack, spokesman for US Africa Command, told CNN in a statement. The American “will soon be reunited with his loved ones,” a State Department spokesman said.

Tennyson’s congregation, Marianites of Holy Cross, confirmed his release in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

“Yes, it’s true ! Sister Suellen has been recovered! She is now safe and detained in the United States,” the congregation wrote on Facebook. “We are so grateful for all the prayers and support!”

Tennyson was held hostage for five months, the Holy Cross Marianites said in the message.

US Africa Command worked with “African and international partners” to secure Tennyson’s release, Pietrack said in the statement.

“U.S. Africa Command would like to thank all of our African and international partners who provided excellent cooperation in the months leading up to this resumption, especially the Government of Niger, who played a critical role in this effort.” , Pietrack said in the statement.

The State Department confirmed Tennyson’s release and said the Biden administration will “continue to work aggressively” to free American citizens around the world “held against their will.”

“We want the American people to know that their safety and security is our top priority, and the Biden administration will continue to work aggressively — using a wide range of tools — until all Americans are unjustly held back. against their will be taken home,” the State Department spokesperson said.

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