178 people rescued from Boko Haram by Nigerien military

By Editorial Board - 3 August 2015 at 1:58 pm
In this photo taken Sunday, May 18, 2014, Nigeria soldiers drive past Government secondary school  in Chibok, Nigeria. More than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok in Nigeria's north-eastern state of Borno on April 14. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the act. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

On Sunday the Nigerian military released a report stating that they rescued 178 people from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, in Borno state, northern Nigeria.

The statement said that 67 of the people freed were women and 101 were children. However, it did not state whether or not those who were rescued included the girls abducted from their school in Chibok in April 2014.

The Nigerian military also said that when they rescued the 178 people a Boko Haram commander was also captured as well as several camps cleared.

The BBC reported that since 2014 Boko Haram has killed around 5,500 civilians in Nigeria alone and that since 2012 the group along with the military campaign against them has killed more than 15,500 people.

Amnesty International has said that the militant group has abducted at least 2,000 women and girls since the beginning of 2014.

More than 200 of the Chibok girls are still missing after being kidnapped from their school in northern Nigeria, this is more than a year after the event.

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