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Nigeria frees 90 after dislodging Boko Haram from villages

19 September 2015, 08:41

Lagos - The military said on Friday it had rescued 90 people, including women and children, after dislodging Boko Haram from two villages in the country's restive northeast.

Acting army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement that "troops rescued 23 men, 33 women and 34 children from the terrorists" on Thursday in the villages of Dissa and Balazala, which lie in the vicinity of the town of Gwoza in Borno state.

Gwoza was where Boko Haram declared its so-called caliphate last year before the strategic town was recaptured by government troops in March.

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The military said it had reopened a primary school in the town which had been shut down because of the insurgency, and pledged to implement security measures to ensure the safety of pupils and teachers.

"The reopening of the combined primary school in Gwoza is significant as the eradication of Western education is part of the aims of Boko Haram in their murderous campaign of terror," it said.

The military also said it intercepted several Boko Haram fighters fleeing the battle zone disguised as internally displaced people.

A regional force involving troops from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin is about to deploy to fight the extremists.



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