In Nigeria, the largest rescue operation of the hostages

Joann Johnston
May 8, 2018

The statement was signed by Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, the Director Army Public Relations.

The army says it has rescued over 1,000 people who were captured by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state.

The Nigerian army said Monday it had rescued more than 1,000 Boko Haram captives in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria.

The rescued persons are being attended to in a military medical facility.

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He also urged the public to report any odd movement or character in the surroundings to the appropriate authority for prompt action. The group's insurgency has resulted in the displacement of millions of people. About 110 girls were kidnapped on February 19 by Boko Haram from a school in Dapchi town, and most were later released.

Boko Haram, which translates roughly to "Western education is forbidden", was established in 2002, and since then has kidnapped thousands of Nigerians as part of its jihadi campaign to overthrow the government and establish an Islamic state. The group sparked global outrage after its militants seized 276 girls from a boarding school in Chibok town in Borno state in 2014. Both splinters have utilized suicide bombing as a tactic, as well as raids against villages and military positions in Nigeria and neighboring countries.

Chukwu said the rescue operation was conducted by troops of 22 Brigade of Operation Lafiya Dole, in conjunction with allies of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

President Muhammadu Buhari, who made the fight against Boko Haram a key issue before his 2015 election win, faces growing pressure ahead of next year's election.

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