American nun rescued by US forces after being held hostage for 5 months
An 83-year-old American nun, who was kidnapped by gunmen in northern Burkina Faso in April, has been rescued. Many believe her release was part of a U.S. forces’ special operations rescue mission.
Sister Suellen Tennyson, who is from Louisiana and belongs to the Order of the Marianites of the Holy Cross, was released earlier this week, her Order confirmed.
“Yes, it is true! Sr. Suellen has been recovered!” the Marianites wrote on Facebook. “She is now safe and in U.S. custody. We (Srs. Ann & Renée) continue to work with the FBI to facilitate her re-entry process.”
“She is safe,” Marianite Sr. Ann Lacour, congregational leader of the Marianites, told Clarion Herald. “She is on American soil, but not in America. She is safe. She was recovered (Monday) morning. We have spoken to her. She eventually will get back to the United States.”
Sr. Ann added, “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.’”
It’s believed that a rescue operation was carried out to secure her release. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff mentioned the rescue mission during a change of command ceremony on Tuesday, saying, “And most recently, in the last 48 hours, they recovered another hostage,” Military.com reported.