01222018

Nigerian military evacuating, evaluating 293 girls and women rescued from Boko Haram forest

Nigeria’s military says it is moving 200 girls and 93 women from a northeastern forest where they were rescued from Boko Haram extremists.

Army spokesman Col. Sani Usman says many are traumatized. He says the military on Wednesday is flying in medical and intelligence teams to establish their psychological and physical health.

He says they started evacuating them from the Sambisa Forest on Tuesday but would not say to where.

Military operations continue in the forest where it was announced Tuesday the women and girls were rescued while troops were destroying four Boko Haram camps.

An intelligence officer and a soldier say Boko Haram used some of the women as armed human shields, a first line of defense who fired at troops. They demanded anonymity because the issue is sensitive.

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