Nigeria: Soldiers free 149 women and children from Boko Haram

In another major breakthrough, Nigerian forces have successfully rescued 149 women and children being kidnapped by the insurgent group Boko Haram.  The spokesperson of the military has stated that 54 women and 95 children have been freed from captivity and they are being administered much-need medical assistance and attention.

The soldiers of the Nigerian army had raided a hideout of the group in Yerimari Kura community where the women and children were kept in captivity. Three fighters of Boko Haram were killed while 5 have been taken into custody during the Operation. The abductions are a proof of toughness of the group even after losing huge territory to the forces of Nigeria.

Boko Haram means “Western Education is forbidden” and has been fighting the government forces since last 10 years with the primary aim of setting up an Islamic state. The conflict has killed nearly 20,000 people in Nigeria and led to the displacement of another 2.6 million. The outfit initially had control of huge lands along the Lake Chad which were later wrestled back by the combined militaries of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon. The group developed the skill to split into smaller groups and launch attacks just to make their presence fresh in minds of people.

Boko Haram is an Islamist militant outfit which operates in northeastern Nigeria and is also active in Chad, Niger etc. Although it was originally founded by Mohammad Yusuf in 2002 Abubakar Shekau has been leading it since 2009. It also aligned with ISIL for a brief interlude. The current insurgency has displaced millions of people in the area. The Global Terrorism Index had labelled it the deadliest organisation in 2015.




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