Military rescued 149 women and children

LAGOS, Nigeria ––The Nigerian military rescued 149 women and children held hostage by Islamist jihadist group Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria, according to a military release.

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Army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement that three insurgents were killed and five arrested when the military stomped into a Boko Haram hideout in the village of Yerimari Kura in Borno State on Saturday to free the hostages.

The rescued were received medical check-ups on Sunday, according to Nwachukwu.

In a separate counter-terrorism operation on Saturday, the spokesman said soldiers arrested two suicide bombers in the village in Mandanari, also in Borno State.

One of the suicide bombers died when an explosive vest detonated during the arrest, while three people standing near the bomber sustained minor injuries, Nwachukwu added.

About 2.5 million people have fled the region due to the violence. Since 2009, Boko Haram attacks have left at least 20,000 people dead in north-eastern Nigeria and surrounding areas.

The Islamic terrorist group often abducts girls and women to keep them as sex slaves or in forced marriages to its fighters. Terrorism analysis experts say some of them are forced into becoming suicide bombers.