The Nigerian Army has announced that it has rescued about 293 women and girl from the dreaded Sambisa Forest, a stronghold of the dreaded islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram. While many have speculated that the Chibok Girls (young girls kidnapped by Boko Haram over a year ago from Chibok, a town in Northern Nigeria) may be amongst the rescued girls, it is still too early to say this as the Army has not confirmed it yet.
Announcing the rescue, Nigerian Defence Ministry spokesman, Chris Olukayode said
Troops have this afternoon captured and destroyed three camps of terrorists inside the Sambisa forest and rescued 200 girls and 93 women. It is not yet confirmed if the girls are the Chibok girls. The freed persons are now being screened and profiled.
The capture of the Chibok girls by Boko Haram and the resultant inability of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan led government to rescue them is amongst the prominent factors that thwarted his reelection.