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160 More Girls Rescued From Sambisa

Posted: Apr 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Two days after Nigerian troops freed 293 girls and women from terrorists camps in the dreaded Sambisa Forest, the Army has announced the rescue today (Thursday) of another set 160 more hostages, mostly girls, from the Boko Haram stronghold.

This has prompted call for cautious celebration from Amnesty International Africa’s Director for Research and Advocacy, Netsanet Belay, who said the rescues were a “cause for celebration,” but added, “This is just the tip of the iceberg.”

In a description of the operation that led to the latest rescue, Nigerian Army spokesman, Sani Usman, told AFP that one woman was killed in the fighting that left eight other rescued hostages injured. A soldier was also killed and four others wounded, as several terrorists training camps were cleared during the operation while equipment and vehicles were seized, he added.

A military source indicated the women were used as human shields and in some cases fired back at soldiers until they were subdued.

This latest feat by the Nigerian army takes the total number of Boko Haram captives liberated this week alone to nearly 500.

Amnesty International’s Belay, in a statement on Thursday said: “There are thousands more women and girls, and men and boys, who have been abducted by Boko Haram.”

Meanwhile, the announcement that 200 girls and 93 women were rescued on Tuesday raised hopes that some of the 219 girls abducted from a Secondary School in Chibok in April last year could among them.

But the army spokesman has said the Chibok girls were not part of the group, just as the  Defence Headquarters in Abuja has said it was too early to say.

Usman said all of the people rescued, some of whom are said to be traumatised, were being screened to determine their identities and where and when they were kidnapped.

“We are still trying to compute the actual number of those rescued. But tentatively there are about 60 women of various ages and around 100 children,” he said.