One piece of better news out of Nigeria – not fantastic news, just correcting a bad thing news, but still, something.
Nigeria’s military says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from a notorious Boko Haram stronghold, but an army spokesman says the hostages were not those kidnapped from Chibok a year ago.
“The troops rescued 200 abducted girls and 93 women,” Colonel Sani Usman told Reuters in a text message.
They were not, however, from Chibok, the village from which more than 200 girls were abducted in April 2014, he said.
“So far, they (the army) have destroyed and cleared Sassa, Tokumbere and two other camps in the general area of Alafa, all within the Sambisa Forest.”
The women and girls were rescued from camps “discovered near or on the way to Sambisa,” one army official said.
I wonder what the total number of enslaved women and girls is. It must be massive, since these 300 are apparently only a fraction.
Nigerian forces backed by warplanes invaded the vast Sambisa Forest late last week as part of a push to win back territory from Boko Haram.
The group, notorious for violence against civilians, controlled an area roughly the size of Belgium at the start of the year but has since been beaten back by Nigerian troops, backed by Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
While the Nigerian army maintains Boko Haram is now hemmed in Sambisa Forest, militants have managed to launch attacks in the neighbourhood including chasing soldiers out of Marte town and an island on Lake Chad.
Islamist groups making life hell all over the planet.