Troops Rescue 200 Girls, 93 Women From Sambisa…
Nigerian troops have rescued 293 females from Boko Haram militants in the Sambisa forest, Defence Spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade said yesterday.
He said on his twitter handle that at least three major terrorist camps were destroyed in the well-coordinated attacks that included the destruction of the notorious Tokumbere camp in the Sambisa forest.
Olukolade said he could neither confirm the identity of the freed victims nor their origin. He could not say also if any of them was from Chibok until after thorough screening and proper investigations.
He said: “I can only confirm the rescue this afternoon of 200 girls and 93 women in different camps in the forest. We are yet to determine their origin as all the freed persons are now being screened and profiled. Please don’t misquote me on their origin. We will provide more details later.”
Diplomats and intelligence officials say they believed at least some of the girls were being held in the forest about 100 km (60 miles) from Chibok, although U.S. reconnaissance drones failed to find them.