Nigeria’s Army Says It Rescued 5,000 People Held by Boko Haram

Nigeria’s army said it rescued more than 5,000 people trapped in areas held by Boko Haram and killed at least 10 of the Islamist militant group’s fighters.

One soldier was injured and one civilian fighting alongside the military was killed in raids on about 10 villages in the north-eastern state of Borno, spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said in an emailed statement late Saturday.

Boko Haram has sought since 2009 to impose its version of Islamic law on Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and second-largest oil producer. While President Muhammadu Buhari has managed to take back most territory held by the group since he came to power in May 2015, it still carries out suicide bombings and hit-and-run raids.