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Nigeria: Military says it rescued 200 girls and 93 women near Boko Haram area


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(By Estera Popowska)

At least 200 girls and 93 women have been rescued by the Nigerian army from an area where the  rebel group Boko Haram is known to be active, BBC reported late Tuesday.

A Nigerian army spokesman  confirmed the report but reporedly stressed that  the army could not confirm whether the girls abducted from a school in Chibok in April 2014 were among those rescued, adding that the girls were now being interviewed.

 BBC's Tomi Oladipo reported that  Nigerian security forces have  in the recent operations  taken back most of the territory previously under the control of Boko Haram. The Nigerian government reportedly  said in October last year that  it had secured an agreement for a ceasefire and the release of the girls taken from Chibok, but Boko Haram subsequently denied this.

The abduction of the girls in Chibok sparked global outrage with many joining a campaign online to free them using the hashtag .

The international community including the US and China vowed to help find them and there have been reported sightings of the girls, but none has been found to date (Source: BBC)