On an otherwise bleak news day, this positive story is so very welcome.
Nigerian military have rescued hundreds of female hostages held by radical Islamist group Boko Haram.
A total of 200 girls and 93 women were rescued from a Boko Haram stronghold when the military captured three insurgent camps inside the Sambisa Forest, a defence spokesperson announced on Twitter
“Troops have this afternoon captured and destroyed three camps of terrorists inside the Sambisa Forest and rescued 200 girls and 93 women,” the military spokesperson said.
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The staggering rescue operation raises questions about exactly how many women and girls have been kidnapped that are not reported.
One official did not rule out that captives from other raided Boko Haram camps might include some of the 219 missing Chibok girls.
Al Jazeera reports the Nigerian military have not ruled out the possibility some of the girls are from Chibok and are planning to release photos and more information of the women and girls rescued.
“What we understand is that there is a screening process to find out where they are from,” journalist Yvonne Ndege said.
“We managed to speak to Nigeria’s military spokesman who believes some of the women are wives of Boko Haram fighters, and the military is not ruling out the possibility that some are from the Chibok school.”