Good news has come in the fight against Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. The Nigerian Army has revealed that nearly 1,000 Boko Haram hostages, primarily women and children, have been freed and 50 extremists have been killed in battle.
The Nigerian Army made the announcement on their Twitter page:
“ARMY RESCUES OVER 1000 BOKO HARAM CAPTIVES. Troops of 22 Brigade deployed in operation LAFIYA DOLE has rescued over 1000 hostages from the Boko Haram Terrorists enclave," read the post.
The Christian Post reports that Boko Haram has been terrorizing Nigerian citizens, including many Christians, since it rose to prominence in 2009. Perhaps most notably, the group took captive 276 Chibok schoolgirls in 2014, most of whom have since been rescued.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to fight the militants and drive them out of the country.
The Nigerian Army supported Buhari’s aim when it tweeted:
"We wishes to remind the public of its resolve to rout out BH & rescued all hostages. The public is also advised to report any suspicious character to the appropriate authority for prompt action. However, the rescued persons are being attended to in a military medical facility."
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Publication date: May 9, 2018