Nigerian troops kill 25 militants, free scores of hostages

Nigerian soldiers killed 25 Boko Haram militants and rescued 284 hostages in the north of the country this week, a military spokesman said Wednesday.

Soldiers from the 151 Task Force Battalion encountered the insurgents in the village of Budumri south of the city of Maiduguri in Borno State on Monday, Colonel Sani Usman told dpa.

"They killed 25 Boko Haram terrorists and arrested eight," Usman said.

"The troops also rescued 103 civilians held hostage by the terrorists."

The soldiers later on Monday cleared a terrorist camp at Bolungu village, rescuing 181 hostages and capturing eight insurgents, Usman said.

The spokesman said that those rescued were being screened and identified before being sent to camps for internally displaced people. They would subsequently be returned to their homes.

Boko Haram, which wants to implement its own radical view of Islam, has displaced tens of thousands of people in northern Nigeria through attacks on towns and villages since its started its insurgency in 2009.

Last update: Wed, 10/02/2016 - 17:06

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