Boko Haram: 200 girls, 93 women rescued from militant stronghold

Boko Haram: 200 girls, 93 women rescued from militant stronghold

Nigerian troops rescued 200 girls and 93 women in the Sambisa Forest, the Nigerian Armed Forced announced on its official Twitter account.

The armed forces could not immediately confirm if any of the rescued girls were among the 200 schoolgirls in the militant group Boko Haram kidnapped in April 2014 from the village of Chibok.

The 2014 mass abduction from Chibok led to an international social media movement, #BringBackOurGirls, to rescue them.

Information about the fate of the kidnapped schoolgirls has been inconsistent, with school officials giving conflicting figures for the number of girls who were abducted or escaped their captors.

Civilians have borne the brunt of the violence, according to human rights group Amnesty International, more that 5,500 civilians have been killed and more than 1.5 million people, including 800,000 children, have fled their homes due to the violence.

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