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149 Nigerian Women, Children Rescued From Boko Haram

149 Nigerian Women, Children Rescued From Boko Haram
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The Nigerian military said it rescued 149 women and children abducted by the terrorist Boko Haram group northeast Nigeria.

149 Nigerian Women, Children Rescued From Boko Haram

In this regard, army spokesman Onyema Nwachuku said on Sunday the freed captives included 54 women and 95 children, the NAN news agency reported.

"The rescued hostages are currently receiving medical attention," he said in a statement, adding that they would be "profiled after the medical screening".

The rescues took place during a raid on a Boko Haram hideout in the community of Yerimari Kura on Saturday.

Soldiers killed three fighters during the operation and captured five others suspected of belonging to the group, Nwachuku said.

The statement, however, did not specify when the women and children had been abducted.

Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates to "Western education is forbidden", has waged a nearly 10-year armed campaign to create a so-called Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria.

The conflict has so far left at least 20,000 people dead and displaced more than 2.6 million.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team