Nigerian army says rescues more women and children from Sambisa forest

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ABUJA, – Nigeria’s military rescued another set of women and children who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram militia and were being detained in Sambisa forest where the Islamist group has been holed up, an army spokesman said on Thursday.

“They have been evacuated to a safety zone for further processing,” Colonel Sani Usman said in a statement without specifying the number of people saved from the hardline group, which seeks to create a caliphate in western Africa.

Earlier this week, the army said it rescued nearly 300 women and girls from the same forest in the north eastern Borno state as it fights to quash the six-year Islamist insurgency. (Writing by Helen Nyambura-Mwaura; Editing by Dominic Evans)

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