Nigerian Army rescues 338 people abducted by Boko Haram

Nigerian Army says that they rescued 338 people who had been abducted by Boko Haram

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A soldier from the Nigerian Army talks with women and children who were freed from Boko Haram, in Yola, in this April 29, 2015 handout

Nigerian troops have rescued 338 people, mostly women and children, from Boko Haram camps in Sambisa forest located in northeastern Nigeria.

Nigerian Army said ‘’The (army) unit ... rescued 338 persons that were held captive by the terrorists,’’ and added that 192 of them were children and 138 were women.

According to Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters, 30 militants were killed in the clashes on Tuesday in the Sambisa forest.

Meanwhile, a statement from the military posted on social media said that four suspects of the suicide bombing in northeastern Adamawa state have been killed.

The military shared photographs of the bodies of the alleged rebels and their weapons.

“The successful clearance operations and ambushing of the terrorists has further degraded them and saved the lives of so many innocent victims of their suicide bombings,” the army spokesman stated.

This year, Nigerian soldiers have rescued hundreds of Boko Haram hostages.

In April 2014, the mass kidnapping of children by Boko Haram caused international outrage against the militants.

TRTWorld and agencies