The Nigerian army has rescued three hundred and eight people, including 192 children, during a raid targeting terrorist group Boko Haram; though none of the 219 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls are among those freed.
In a statement from the army, “this raid led to the release of 192 children, 138 women and 9 men.” Thirty terrorists were also killed during the operation near the group’s stronghold in the Sambisa Forest in the northeast of Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari had explained that Boko Haram, a group that disrupted education in the country by attacking a large number of schools, was now virtually contained in the Sambisa Forest, near the city of Maiduguri. He added that he expected their attacks on towns to stop by the end of the year.
This continued military attack by the Nigerian army has resulted in the rescue of hundreds of women and children in recent months from Boko Haram.
Boko Haram has repeatedly targeted children, especially girls, while leading a war of terror in Nigeria and into neighbouring Cameroon.
Last April, a report by Amnesty International revealed that at least 2,000 girls and women had been abducted by Boko Haram since the start of 2014.
UNICEF also reported in September 2015 that 500,000 children had fled their homes in the previous five months because of growing attacks – bringing the number of displaced children in North East Nigeria and neighbouring countries to 1.4 million.