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Nigeria Troops Arrest 400+ Boko Haram Terrorists, Families
Nigerian military authorities said the country's soldiers arrested more than 400 people associated with the Boko Haram terrorist group hiding on the islands of Lake Chad, including fighters, wives and children.
Col. Onyema Nwachukwu said the two-week operation netted the largest number of arrests of Boko Haram fighters in recent months in northeast Nigeria. It included air and ground operations targeting insurgents' locations.
Nwachukwu said the military arrested 167 Boko Haram fighters, 67 women and 173 children who were family members of the insurgents. The women and children will be handed over to authorities of displacement camps after investigations.
Nwachukwu further noted that another 57 insurgents were arrested during a separate operation in another part of the troubled region.
Boko Haram has been blamed for more than 20,000 deaths during its eight-year insurgency.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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