Nigerian Military Intercepts 69 Boko Haram Family Members

Nigerian soldiers intercepted 69 people in the northeastern Borno state suspected to be family members of Boko Haram Islamist militants, the West African nation’s army said late Wednesday.

“At the initial state of interrogation, they claimed to have escaped from Boko Haram terrorists’ captivity at Ngwalimari village in Sambisa Forest general area,” acting army spokesman Sani Kukasheka Usman said in an e-mailed statement. “Further interrogation revealed otherwise.”

Boko Haram has been fighting since 2009 to impose its own version of Islamic law in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and the continent’s second-largest oil producer.

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