Army rescues 1,130 Boko Haram hostages
February 27 2018 08:08 PM
Soldiers (R) drive past a signpost leading to the Government Girls Science and Technical College sta
Soldiers (R) drive past a signpost leading to the Government Girls Science and Technical College staff quarters in Dapchi, Nigeria, last Thursday.

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Nigerian and Cameroonian soldiers have rescued 1,130 people who had been held captive by the Boko Haram Islamist terrorist group in north-eastern Nigeria, the Nigerian army said on Tuesday.

In a joint operation, troops freed the hostages from several villages along the border of the two West African nations, Nigerian army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement.
The soldiers killed 35 insurgents during the operation and recovered "large quantities" of weapons, Nwachukwu added.
Meanwhile, 110 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram a week ago from their school in Dapchi, in nearby Yobe State, remain missing.
Boko Haram has proved a steady threat to communities in north-eastern Nigeria. The group has also launched offensives in neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
Since 2009, tens of thousands of people in the region have died at the hands of the terrorist group, and an estimated 2.5 million people were forced to flee their homes.
The terrorist group's goal is to enforce a strict interpretation of Islamic law. 



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