ABUJA, NIGERIA–About 212 people held hostage by Boko Haram have been liberated in a military operation in the northeastern state of Borno, the Nigerian army confirmed on Wednesday.
Sani Usman, the Army spokesman, said troops on Tuesday carried out the operation to clear leftovers of Boko Haram from villages in the northern fringes of the Sambisa Forest, the former training camp of the terror group in Borno.
Nigerian troops, earlier in the week, saved about 30 persons held hostage by the terrorists during sanctioned operations in eight villages around Bama district of Borno.
The West African nation has made significant advances against the terror group, extricating its rebels from the Sambisa Forest early this year.
Boko Haram has been liable for the death of more than 20,000 people and dislocation of 2.3 million others in Nigeria since 2009.