Nigeria (Sputnik) – Over 600 people, including more than 450 children, have been rescued from the Boko Haram extremist group, a Nigerian commander, Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, has announced.
According to the commander, over a dozen Boko Haram fighters were eliminated as a result of the rescue operation conducted in Sambisa Forest in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State.
“These victims who have been rescued include, 69 adult male, 180 adult female, 227 male children and 229 female children,” Irabor told journalists, as quoted by Daily Post Nigeria on Wednesday.
The Boko Haram extremist group began large-scale attacks in northeastern Nigeria in 2009. Last year, the group expanded its attacks into neighboring Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
The extremist group has pledged allegiance to Daesh terrorist organization, outlawed in Russia and many other countries.
This report prepared by Sputnik.