About 300 women and girls have
been rescued from a Boko Haram Takfiri militant stronghold in Nigeria’s
northeastern Borno state, the military says.
have this afternoon captured and destroyed three camps of terrorists
inside the Sambisa Forest and rescued 200 girls and 93 women,” AFP
quoted military spokesman Chris Olukolade as saying on Tuesday.
A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian
Takfiri terrorist group Boko Haram, showing girls abducted from the
northeastern town of Chibok (AFP Photo)
has not been verified if the rescued are the same “Chibok girls” who
were kidnapped last year, he said adding, “The freed persons are now
being screened and profiled.”
The spokesman did not specify when the rescued hostages’ identification would be completed.
On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram militants abducted 276 girls from a secondary school in Chibok in Borno state.
Fifty-seven of the girls managed to escape but 219 remained in captivity, reportedly in the Sambisa Forest.
Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, said he would “marry them off” or sell them as “slaves”.
Takfiri militant group says its goal is to overthrow the government of
Nigeria, and has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly shooting
attacks and bombings in various parts of the country since the beginning
of their militancy in 2009.
Over 13,000 people have died ever since and some 1.5 million have been forced from their homes.