Nigerian soldiers rescued 54 people they said were being held hostage by Boko Haram militants.

The army killed four insurgents and destroyed four vehicles belonging to the group during a skirmish in the north east of the country, military spokesman Sani Usman said in an e-mailed statement on Sunday.

QuickTake Boko Haram

Boko Haram is in the seventh year of a violent campaign to impose its version of Shariah, or Islamic law, on Africa’s most populous nation. President Muhammadu Buhari has repeatedly said his government has beaten back the militants since he came to power in May and that they no longer hold territory.

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