178 rescued from Boko Haram
The Nigerian military says it has rescued 178 people from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northern Borno state.
According to a statement by the military, 101 of the rescued persons are children and a further 67 are women.
However, the statement does not indicate if the missing girls, who were abducted from a school in Chibok in April 2014, were among the 178.
The military also says that a Boko Haram commander was captured and several camps were cleared during the raid.
In October last year, the Nigerian government said it had secured an agreement for a ceasefire and the release of the girls taken from Chibok, but Boko Haram subsequently denied the allegations
The army has made gains against the militants in recent months.
So far, Boko Haram claims to have killed over 5,500 civilians in Nigeria since 2014.
The group promotes a version of Islam which makes it “haram”, or forbidden, for Muslims to take part in any political or social activity associated with the Western society.
It frequently attacks schools and colleges, which it sees as a symbol of Western culture.
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