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Nigeria: Army frees women, child hostages of Boko Haram

16 September 2015, 10:50

Abuja - Nigeria's army says it has rescued dozens of kidnapped women and children held captive by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

In a statement late on Tuesday, the army said it had cleared Boko Haram camps in north-eastern Borno state.

The army did not say where the women and children had been kidnapped from or their condition.

Hundreds of hostages have been freed from Boko Haram captivity this year but none of the 219 girls abducted in April 2014 from a school in Chibok were among those rescued.

Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremist group has used dozens of girls and women in recent suicide bombings in Nigeria and neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, raising fears it is using kidnap victims.

- AP


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