Boko Haram Captives: Nigerian Military Rescues 71 People Held Hostage By Militant Group

Nigerian soldiers rescued a total of 71 people, mostly women and children, held captive by the militant group Boko Haram in northeastern Borno state, the military said Thursday. Some were held hostage for about a year, according to the Associated Press (AP). The security forces reportedly rescued 59 people on Thursday and another 12 on Wednesday from villages about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Borno's largest city Maiduguri, where the Islamic extremist group has its origins.

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