Nigerian army rescues more kidnapped women, children

2015-04-30 10:48
Nigerian soldiers man a check point in Gwoza, Nigeria, a town newly liberated from Boko Haram. (Lekan Oyekanmi, AP)

Nigerian soldiers man a check point in Gwoza, Nigeria, a town newly liberated from Boko Haram. (Lekan Oyekanmi, AP)

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Abuja - Nigeria's military rescued another set of women and children who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram militia and were being detained in Sambisa forest where the Islamist group has been holed up, an army spokesperson said on Thursday.

"They have been evacuated to a safety zone for further processing," Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement without specifying the number of people saved from the hardline group, which seeks to create a caliphate in western Africa.

Earlier this week, the army said it rescued nearly 300 women and girls from the same forest in the north eastern Borno state as it fights to quash the six-year Islamist insurgency.

The army announced the rescue on Twitter and said it was screening and interviewing the abducted girls and women.

Troops destroyed and cleared four militant camps and rescued 200 abducted girls and 93 women "but they are not the Chibok girls," army spokesperson Colonel Sani Usman told The Associated Press.

Nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped from the north-eastern town of Chibok by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram in April 2014.

Read more on:    boko haram  |  nigeria  |  security  |  west africa

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