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Boko Haram battle: Nigerian army destroys three ‘terrorist camps’ and rescues hundreds of girls

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The Nigerian army says it has rescued hundreds of girls and women from Boko Haram in Nigeria’s Sambisa Forest during a military operation on Tuesday afternoon.

Nigerian troops destroyed three Boko Haram camps in the Sambisa Forest and say they rescued 200 girls and 93 women from the camps.

The forest is located nearly 100 kilometers from Chibok, where Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 female students from the town’s Government Secondary School last year. Intelligence officials say they believe that at least some of the girls are being held in Sambisa Forest, however, U.S. reconnaissance drones have failed to find them. An army spokesperson told Reuters that the girls rescued on Tuesday were not the students kidnapped from Chibok last year.

The Nigerian army, backed by Chad, Niger and Cameroon, has made some strides in taking back territory from Boko Haram over the past month. The Sambisa Forest, almost seven times larger than the United States’ Yellowstone National Park, remains a Boko Haram stronghold.


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