In a daring nighttime raid, U.S. forces rescued 27-year-old Philip Walton, an American prisoner, from a group of kidnappers in northern Nigeria, according to Pentagon officials. Walton had been abducted on Tuesday from a small village near the Nigerian border by six armed gunmen on motorcycles.

Press sources claim that Navy SEAL Team Six was responsible for the rescue, although Pentagon’s press release didn’t specify the unit.

Jonathan Hoffman, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, released the following statement from the Pentagon: “U.S. forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of 31 October in Northern Nigeria to recover an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men. This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State.”

ABC News reported that the rescue operation was organized by the U.S. government with help from both Niger and Nigeria. The report further states that officials did not believe that the kidnappers were affiliated with a terror group, but that the swiftness of the operation was critical to keeping Walton from being passed to a terror group in exchange for money.