US Special Forces Rescue Kidnapped Nun In Burkina Faso

An elderly American nun has been freed after being held for almost five months after being kidnapped from her bed by gunmen in Burkina Faso following a US special forces operation.

Sister Suellen Tennyson, 83, was rescued during a US special forces mission
Sister Suellen Tennyson, 83, was rescued during a US special forces mission

The United States special forces launched a daring raid of a Sahelian hideout in West Africa to rescue 83-year-old Sister Suellen Tennyson.


The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Army, General Mark Milley, said on Tuesday that special forces had rescued an unnamed US hostage.

Shortly after, the news that Sister Tennyson had been released passed through religious circles in the United States. The rescued nun is from Louisiana and belongs to the Marianite congregation of Catholics.

Sister Tennyson is reportedly doing well and in good health, she is currently in Niamey, the capital of Niger under the care of the United States.



Congregational leader of the Marianites, Sister Ann Lacour, said to a New Orleans newspaper, "She's totally worn out. "I told her how much people love her, and she doesn't have anything to worry about. I told her, 'You are alive and safe. That's all that matters.'"


Ms Tennyson was working at a local parish near the northern town of Kaya when she was kidnapped in the middle of the night by a group of at least 10 gunmen earlier this year. She was abducted without her blood medication or glasses.


Burkina Faso has seen heavy bloodshed in recent times with jihadists allied with Al-Qaeda and Islamic State terrorizing large swathes of the country.


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