Nigerian Army Rescues 338 Boko Haram Captives

The operation was conducted in two villages on the edge of the Sambisa forest.
The operation was conducted in two villages on the edge of the Sambisa forest.

The operation was conducted in two villages on the edge of the Sambisa forest.

Nigerian troops have rescued 338 people, almost all of them women and children, held by Boko Haram Islamists near the group’s Sambisa forest stronghold in the restive northeast, the army said Wednesday. “The army unit rescued 338 persons that were held captive by the terrorists,” the army said of the Tuesday operation adding that 192 of the survivors were children and 138 women. The raid targeted “suspected Boko Haram terrorist camps at Bulajilin and Manawashe villages” on the edge of the Sambisa forest, the army said in a statement. It said that troops killed 30 suspected jihadists and seized a cache of arms and ammunition in the area. The statement also said for Boko Haram suspects on a suicide bombing mission to Gubula town in nearby Adamawa state were ambushed and killed by government troops. Some weapons, unexploded ordinances, mortar bombs and some cash were recovered from the suspects, it said.

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