According to latest news from the Nigerian Defence Headquarters, Nigerian troops have rescued 200 girls from Sambisa forest, the notorious hideout of the insurgent group, Boko Haram.
The military however said the girls were found Tuesday afternoon alongside 93 women who were also rescued, but could not confirm whether the girls were students abducted more than a year ago from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State.
The girls were being “screened and profiled”, the military said. See Excerpts from Mr. Olukolade Chris, Director of Defence information detailed:
“Troops this afternoon rescued 200 girls & 93 women from Sambisa Forest. We cannot confirm if the #ChibokGirls are in this group,” the military said in a series of tweets.
“Troops captured and destroyed 3 terrorists camps including the notorious Tokumbere camp in the Sambisa Forest Operation.
“The freed persons are now being screened and profiled,” while promising to provide more detail on the operation later.”
“I can only confirm the rescued this afternoon of 200 girls and 93 women in different camps in the forest. We are yet to determine their origin as all the freed persons are now being screened and profiled. Please don’t misquote me on their origin. We will provide more details later,” Mr. Olukolade said.
It can be recalled that the Chibok girls were abducted by Boko Haram militants on April 14, 2014. More details later..