Nigerian army on Monday confirmed that it had rescued more than 1,000 Boko Haram captives in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria.
The hostages who were mainly women, children and young men were forced to become Boko Haram fighters.
The rescue follows the release of over 100 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Dapchi, a town in Nigeria’s Yobe State in March.
The counter operation was conducted in conjunction with Cameroonian and Nigerian troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
The joint army rescued the hostages from Malamkari, Amchaka, Walasa and Gora villages of the Bama Local Government Area.
Boko Haram terrorist group mainly inhabit areas in the northern states of Nigeria, specifically Yobe, Kano, Bauchi, Borno and Kaduna.