The Nigerian military has confirmed that more than 700 people who had been abducted by the Boko Haram have been fled from captivity in the northeastern part of the country. According to Army spokesman, Col. Timothy Antigha, the people have been seeking refuge at a military holding facility in the town of Monguno, Borno State.
The statement further said that that the escaped abductees include men, women, and children and reports indicate that they were subjected to severe slave labor and torture at the hands of the militants.
The spokesman said the captives’ escape was connected to a recent armed forces operation against the militants, named Deep Punch II. He said the operation was aimed at “destroying Boko Haram infrastructure and logistics; such as communication centers, fabrication yards, bomb-making equipment, vehicles and other means of sustenance.
The escapees echo the sentiment by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari that the Boko Haram was almost entirely destroyed as the military has made significant gains through assaults and exploiting human intelligence from the public who are tired of the Boko Haram’s atrocities.