Nigerian army rescues more women and children from Boko Haram

Published April 30th, 2015 - 10:00 GMT
In the last two months the Nigerian military has taken back control of large swathes of territory in the north of the country. (AFP/File)
In the last two months the Nigerian military has taken back control of large swathes of territory in the north of the country. (AFP/File)

Nigeria's military has said that it has rescued another group of women and children who had been kidnapped by the militia group Boko Haram, Reuters has reported.

The hostages were being held in Sambisa forest in the north-eastern state of Borno, an army spokesman said.

Nearly 300 women and girls from the same forest were rescued earlier this week by the Nigerian army.

"They have been evacuated to a safety zone for further processing," Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement.

Boko Haramwhose name means "Western education is sinful", has kidnapped at least 2,000 women and girls from their families since the start of 2014, according to Amnesty International.

Nigeria has been battling an almost six-year insurgency with the militants.

In the last two months, the Nigerian army has taken back control of vast stretches of territory in the remote north, helped by Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

 


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