KANO, Nigeria — Nigerian troops rescued an additional 160 women and children from Boko Haram days after they found hundreds of other hostages, the military said Thursday.
“We are still working to verify the actual number of the rescued hostages but I can say they include around 60 women and 100 children,” said Sani Usman, an army spokesman.
A female hostage and a soldier were killed during the rescue operation at Sambisa Forest, where the Islamist extremists operate from.
This week, the military said it rescued nearly 300 hostages in a different operation at the same forest.
The 200 girls and 93 women rescued Tuesday are not the Chibok girls, according to Usman. However, one official did not rule out that captives might include some of the 200 girls abducted in April 2014 from a school in Chibok.