Nigerian army says it rescues more than 300 Boko Haram abductees

October 28, 2015 14:54

ABUJA - Nigeria's armed forces on Wednesday said it had rescued 338 people held captive by Boko Haram and raided a number of the Islamist militant group's camps on the edge of its stronghold in the northeast's Sambisa forest.

The army said troops carried out a successful raid on camps on Tuesday at the northeastern villages of Bulajilin and Manawashe, along Bita and Damboa road. Reuters was unable to independently verify the details of the military statement.

"The rescued persons which comprised eight males, 138 females and 192 children, have since been evacuated," said military spokesman Sani Usman, adding that 30 suspected militants had been killed.

Suspected members of the militant group, which has killed thousands and displaced 2.1 million people in the remote northeast of Africa's most populous nation, claimed the lives of at least 37 people and wounded 107 others last week in Adamawa and Borno states.

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