Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Nigeria Army Said To Have Rescued Nearly 300 Girls, Women From Boko Haram

Above is a screen capture of the tweeter page of the Nigerian army defense headquarters announcing the rescue of about 200 girls and 93 women.This is pretty good news for every person of goodwill and it means a lot for Nigerians,for their communities and their families.Kudos to our military no matter what has happened.

None of the 200 schoolgirls kidnapped near the village of Chibok last year are believed to be among those rescued, according to Aljazeera.

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

"Troops this afternoon rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Sambisa Forest," the army said on its Twitter account.

 A spokesman later told Reuters that those rescued did not include any "Chibok girls," a reference to the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from the town of Chibok in northeast Nigeria in April 2014. That incident sparked an international outcry over the horrific violence unleashed by the group for years with little response by government.

The army also said Nigerian troops had destroyed three camps run by Boko Haram fighters there.
In April 2014, shortly after the schoolgirls from Chibok were abducted, an army spokesman claimed it had rescued most of the girls and only eight were still missing. The report was disputed by the school's principal and was proven to be false.

Nigerian forces backed by warplanes invaded the vast former colonial game reserve late last week as part of a push to win back territory from the group.

The group, notorious for violence against civilians, controlled an area roughly the size of Belgium at the start of the year but has since been beaten back by Nigerian troops, backed by Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

Source: Reuters


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