Nigeria claims rescue of nearly 300 women and girls from Boko Haram stronghold

Handout picture from the Nigerian military taken on February 26, 2015 shows troops posing with a flag of Boko Haram after dismantling a Boko Haram camp along Djimitillo Damaturu road, Yobe State

Nigeria’s military on Tuesday claimed the rescue of 200 girls and 93 women from a notorious Boko Haram stronghold, but said there was no confirmation the hostages were those kidnapped from Chibok a year ago.

“Troops have this afternoon captured & destroyed three camps of terrorists inside the Sambisa forest & rescued 200 girls & 93 women,” defence spokesman Chris Olukolade said in a text message, referring to the area in northeast Borno state where the Islamists have bases.

“It is not yet confirmed if the girls are the Chibok girls. The freed persons are now being screened & profiled,” he added.

Olukolade gave no indication as to how long it would take for the hostages to be identified…

I wouldn’t get my hopes up that these are the same girls abducted over a year ago.

  • #BringBackSomeGirls

  • Brett_McS

    The tall one at the back is Moochelle, right?

  • barryjr

    Why do I get the feeling they’ve been doing business with the flag making shop in Victoria?