Nigerian troops rescue 178 people from Boko Haram

Official statement says Nigerian troops rescued 178 people from Boko Haram militants

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

An army statement published on Sunday said that Nigerian troops rescued 178 people from Boko Haram, destroying camps of the militants in the northeast of Nigeria.

The Nigerian Air Force announced it killed a great number of militants by launching an attack at Bitta village, 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of the operations which were launched around Bama, 70 kilometers (45 miles) southeast of Maiduguri city, the birthplace of Boko Haram.

101 of those rescued were children, 67 women and 10 men told spokesman Col.Tukur Gusau.

The statement did not give further detail on when exactly the attacks took place.

71 people who were kidnapped by the militant group were rescued last week by the Nigerian army.

The central African nation Chad has been cooperating with neighbouring Nigeria, Cameroon, and Niger against Boko Haram which has been fighting a six-year insurgency in a bid to establish a state of its own in northern Nigeria and other neighbouring territories, including areas surrounding Lake Chad.

The militant group has resorted to carrying out a number of suicide attacks in the region, killing dozens of people, including soldiers from Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Niger.

More than 13,000 people have been killed by Boko Haram’s six-year uprising and over 1 million people are displaced internally in Nigeria.

Boko Haram had previously announced its pledge of allegiance to ISIS and calls itself West Africa Province of the militant group.

TRTWorld, AP