Nigeria Army Rescues More Than 200 People From Boko Haram

Nigeria’s army said it rescued more than 200 hostages from Boko Haram Islamist insurgents in the north of the country, while separately on Thursday the armed forces killed at least five militants.

“The team found and rescued 210 persons, comprising of mostly elderly men, women and children who have been safely evacuated to an internally displaced persons camp,” Colonel Sani Usman, an army spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement.

The clash that killed five Boko Haram members happened in a village in northeastern Geidam local government area in Yobe state, he said.

Nigerian authorities are battling Boko Haram in the northeast, an Islamist group that has waged a six-year campaign of killings and kidnappings to impose its version of Islamic law on the region.

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