More than 800 Boko Haram hostages rescued by Nigerian army
March 25, Abuja: Nigerian army said that they freed more than 800 people held hostage by Boko Haram across the country's northeast.
According to spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said that the "clearance operation" on Tuesday saw 520 people rescued in Kusumma village, three Boko Haram fighters killed and one fighter from the group captured alive.
In a statement posted to the army's official website on Thursday, he said that 309 others were rescued in 11 villages across the region.
At least 22 "terrorists" were said to have been killed in the operation in which 309 were rescued.
Boko Haram has not commented on the statement.
In a recent interview with Al Jazeera, Nigeria's Information Minister Lai Mohammed said that the army had significantly reduced Boko Haram's ability to carry out big attacks.
Earlier in March, two female bombers killed at least 22 worshippers in an attack on a mosque. The attack took place on the outskirts of the northeastern city of Maiduguri - the birthplace of the Boko Haram armed group, reports said.
The US military calls Boko Haram the most violent armed group in the world.
Some 20,000 people have been killed and about 2.3 million displaced by its war with the government since 2009.
The Oslo Times