Nigerian troops rescue 71 Boko Haram captives, mostly women and girls

Some of the 59 individuals rescued from Boko Haram camps in northeastern Nigeria on July 30, 2015. AFP/Getty Images

Nigeria’s military rescued 71 people, most of them women and girls, in battles with Boko Haram militants this week. Some captives said they were held for as long as a year, according to the Associated Press. The operation targeted two terrorist camps in Borno State, as a part of the Nigerian government’s increased efforts to rid the country of the extremist group. Yagana Kyari, one of the rescued hostages, told the AP that she was just “waiting for death,” as the militants had often threatened to kill their captives. In March, hundreds of hostages were rescued by the Nigerian military, which announced it had taken back all towns captured by Boko Haram. However, the terrorist group continued to mount attacks. Newly elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has created a multinational task force to fight the militant group. Boko Haram has taken more than 800 lives in just the last two months.

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