Sunday, August 2, 2015

Nigerian Army Frees 178 Boko Haram Hostages; Frees 101 Kids,67 Women,10 Men from Islamists

The Nigerian army has freed 178 people being held hostage by Boko Haram Islamic militants, including more than 100 children, it said, as it carries out a regional offensive aimed at rooting out the insurgency, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports today (August 2, 2015).

"During the offensive operations, 178 people held captives by the Islamic terrorists were rescued; they include 101 children, 67 women, and 10 men respectively," army spokesman Colonel Tukur Gusau said in a statement.

The rescue took place near Aulari about 40 miles south of Maiduguri, the biggest town in northeast Nigeria, he said, without specifying when the operation was conducted.

"In addition, one Boko Haram terrorist commander was captured alive and is presently undergoing investigation," the spokesman said.

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