Nigeria Frees 338 Captives as Troops Kill Boko Haram Rebels

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Nigerian troops freed 338 captives and killed 30 Boko Haram Islamist militants during clashes near the northeastern Sambisa forest, a known hideout for the fighters, a military official said.

Among those rescued from camps in Bulajilin and Manawashe villages in clashes on Tuesday were 138 women, 192 children and eight men, Nigerian military spokesman Sani Usman said in an e-mailed statement.

While troops have freed hundreds of captives, mainly women and children, held by Boko Haram this year, the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted in 2014 from Chibok, whose kidnap sparked global outrage, remain missing.

Boko Haram has been fighting to impose Islamic law in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and most populous nation, for six years in a violent campaign that has left thousands dead. Attacks have intensified since President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a military offensive to defeat the insurgency by the end of the year.

Separately, four suspected Boko Haram members on a suicide bombing mission in Gubula, in the northeastern Adamawa state, were killed in an ambush following a tip off, Usman said.

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