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700 Boko Haram hostages freed in the past week. BBC report:

The Nigerian Military say that in the past week they have destroyed 100 insurgent camps and freed around 700 women and children who were being held captive by Boko Haram.

Footage from the Nigerian Air Force which was passed on to the BBC, shows footage of what appears to be Boko Haram militants fleeing as bombs are dropped from above, as well as women and children escaping.

After a three day journey in an open truck, the women and children eventually reached the safety of a government refugee camp. It was here that some spoke to BBC journalists about their ordeal at the hands of their captors.

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Some of the stories are truly shocking. We thank God for their release and the opportunity they now have to live in freedom once again. But please pray for their physical and psychological healing. Many of the women were in need of urgent medical attention, and thankfully they are now receiving that. But the mental scars may be the most difficult to deal with. Teams are being mobilised to try to help with the psychological trauma. Please pray for wisdom and divine guidance for all those who are now caring for and attempting to facilitate their recovery.

Identification of the women has been taking place and so far it seems that the Chibok girls aren’t among the groups that have been freed in the past week. However, operations are continuing so please continue to pray that all Boko Haram’s captives will soon be free.



Nigerian army frees more women and children from Boko Haram

Nigerian Military says at least 160 children and women rescued from the Sambisa Forest, days after 293 others were freed.

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One woman died and eight others were wounded as nine camps belonging to the Islamist insurgents were destroyed, army spokesman Col Sanu Usman said.

He told the BBC more than 100 men and boys were among more than 160 rescued in operations on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, the army said it had freed nearly 300 women and children.

The girls abducted from a school in Chibok in April 2014 were not among them.

Col Usman told the BBC Hausa service that those rescued were being screened to ascertain their mental health and are being kept in an undisclosed secure location.

The eight injured women were in a critical condition, the spokesman said.

In an earlier statement, he said one soldier and several Boko Haram field commanders and foot soldiers had been killed in the fighting and several armoured vehicles, some with anti-aircraft guns, had been destroyed.

In total 13 camps had been destroyed in Sambisa this week, the colonel said.

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The Sambisa forest is said to be a huge area, surrounding a reserve of the same name.

It is not clear if those rescued were kidnapped or were taken hostage from villages taken over by the militants.

A local senator says the women and children are likely to have been residents of the north-eastern nature reserve.

“These are farming communities and most of those left behind in villages are the elderly ones, women and girls because the youth and the strong ones normally have to run or otherwise they will be conscripted into the Boko Haram insurgent group,” Ali Ndume told the BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

He said the Sambisa forest reserve is vast so it was difficult to know how many people were still living in territory controlled by the Islamist militants.

Source: BBC