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July 29, 2015
Nigerian army frees dozens of women, children from Boko Haram
Abuja (AFP) July 28, 2015
Nigeria's army said Tuesday it had liberated 30 hostages held by Boko Haram, including 21 children and seven women, amid ongoing offensives against the extremists in the country's northeast. Army officials said the operation to free the captives took place in the town of Dikwa in Borno State, which had fallen to Boko Haram twice since April, and was recaptured by Nigerian troops last week. "As a result of ongoing operations under the aegis of Operation Lafiya Dole to clear Dikwa and its environs ... read more

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