REPORTS SAY NEARLY 300 GIRLS, WOMEN RESCUED FROM TERROR CAMPS IN NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA

These women from Chibok remember the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.
These women from Chibok remember the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. (Reuters)

Nigeria’s army has rescued 200 girls and 93 women during a military operation to wrest back the Sambisa Forest from the Boko Haram Islamist militant group, it said on Tuesday.

Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls near the northern village of Chibok in April 2014, causing an international outcry. The six-year insurgency has seen thousands killed and many more abducted.

„Troops this afternoon rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Sambisa Forest. We cannot confirm if the Chibok girls are in this group,” army spokesman Major GeneralChris Olukolade said, adding Nigerian troops had also destroyed three camps run by the militants there.

Diplomats and intelligence officials say they believed at least some of the girls were being held in the forest about 100 km (60 miles) from Chibok, although U.S. reconnaissance drones failed to find them.

The girls and women will be screened on Wednesday to determine whether they had been abducted or if they were married to the militants, one intelligence source told Reuters.

Read more – http://www.charismanews.com/world/49394-200-girls-rescued-from-boko-haram-camp

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