The number of rescued women and girls shot up to more than 677 when sources in the Nigerian military confirmed rescuing 234 more girls and women from a bastion maintained by the Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria. A round of air raids coupled with ground operations were successful in unearthing the group of females concealed by the Boko Haram. Some of those are feared to be ill or even pregnant.
The official Twitter account of Nigerian Defence Headquarters made the declaration on Saturday. The rescue operation was conducted by the army that conducted air raids as well as ground searches in search of the females held in captivity by the Islamist extremists.
The extremists are even said to have used a couple of women as shields in their tirade against armed personnel. The exact number of the kidnapped women and children in custody of the Boko Haram over the past six years is not known.
In a bid to make more captives, attacks by Boko Haram in isolated places are still on. But the army is adamant on flushing out militants from all sorts of hideouts.
People living around Lake Chad in Niger have been served an order to evacuate the premises by Monday when troops are to set into action. Official sources confirm the deaths of 28 civilians, 46 Niger soldiers and 156 militants in an attack in Lake Chad by militants from Boko Haram last weekend.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said he is doing his level best to clean Nigeria of all terrorist outfits before his term ends later this month.