Army evacuating girls, women freed from Boko Haram

2015-04-29 14:31
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Lagos - Nigeria's military says it is moving 200 girls and 93 women from a north-eastern forest where they were rescued from Boko Haram extremists.

Army spokesperson Colonel Sani Usman says many are traumatised. He says the military on Wednesday is flying in medical and intelligence teams to establish their psychological and physical health.

He says they started evacuating them from the Sambisa Forest on Tuesday but would not say to where.

Military operations continue in the forest where it was announced on Tuesday the women and girls were rescued while troops were destroying four Boko Haram camps.

An intelligence officer and a soldier say Boko Haram used some of the women as armed human shields, a first line of defence who fired at troops. They demanded anonymity because the issue is sensitive.

Read more on:    boko haram  |  nigeria  |  west africa  |  nigeria kidnappings  |  abductions

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