Rescue Mission – Nigerian Troops Invade Boko Haram Stronghold
Nigerian troops rescued 200 young girls and 93 women when they launched a military operation in the Sambisa Forest last week.
Yahoo news reported,
Troops this afternoon rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Sambisa Forest. We cannot confirm if the Chibok girls are in this group,” army spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade said, adding Nigerian troops had also destroyed three camps run by the militants there.
Diplomats and intelligence officials say they believed at least some of the girls were being held in the forest about 100 km (60 miles) from Chibok, although U.S. reconnaissance drones failed to find them…
The group was rescued on Tuesday afternoon from camps, “discovered near or on the way to Sambisa,” one army official said.
Nigerian forces backed by warplanes invaded the vast former colonial game reserve late last week as part of a push to win back territory from the group.
The group, notorious for violence against civilians, controlled an area roughly the size of Belgium at the start of the year but has since been beaten back by Nigerian troops, backed by Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
Invading the terrorist enclave
The Nigerian rescuers said they will conduct “screenings” to determine which of the women have children, which are married to Boko Haram militants, etc.
The Nigerian Army, backed by fighter jets, invaded the Boko Haram stronghold in the Sambisa Forest in a major military effort to crush the group. the militants were rumored to have been hold up i the area, and possibly using the captured girls as human shields.
Two Nigerian soldiers were reportedly killed in the action.
Land mines were laid in the forest by Boko Haram, making it difficult to get to their lair. The terrorist group has been responsible for thousands of deaths and hundreds of abductions across the region. Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger have formed a coalition to fight them, and are hoping to crush their presence. The Sambisa Forest is close to the border of Cameroon.