Nigerian army says it has freed nearly 180 Boko Haram hostages


MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: The Nigerian army has freed 178 people being held hostage by Boko Haram including more than 100 children, it said late Sunday, following a series of deadly attacks by the jihadists in the country’s restive northeast. The dramatic rescue, which the army said also led to the capture of a Boko Haram commander, took place near Aulari about 70 kilometers south of Maiduguri, the biggest town in northeast Nigeria, a military spokesman said. He did not specify when the operation was conducted.



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