Nigeria rescues another 234 hostages from Boko Haram

Rescue operations continue in Nigeria, abduction of 234 women and girls ended

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Nigerian army rescued an additional group of women and girls from a Boko Haram stronghold on Friday.   

More than 234 hostages were freed with a military operation through the Kawuri and Konduga, end of Sambisa forest but it isn’t clear yet whether the girls are from Chubok who have been held by militants in there since 2014.

Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 school girls from Chibok in the northeastern Nigeria in April 2014, causing a social media movement, #BringBackOurGirl demanding release of the girls.

As marking the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping, new elected President Muhammadu Buhari promised Nigerians to rescue 276 girls from Boko Haram in the beginning of April.

Nigerian troops have rescued more than 500 girls during the week. Earlier this week, the army announced 200 girls and 93 women were rescued from Boko Haram fighters in the northeastern Sambisa Forest.

According to the Amnesty International report, which is released in early April, suspected militants had abducted at least 2,000 women and girls since the beginning of 2014 and also more than 5,500 civilians had been killed during that time.

TRTWorld and agencies