World Bulletin / News Desk
Nigeria's military has freed a number of women and children held hostage by Boko Haram, the army said on Saturday, after its offensive in the northeast of the country overran three of theirents' camps.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video earlier this month that the group had kidnapped several women and children in retaliation against security forces who, it says, detained the wives and children of its members without cause.
"Troops of the Special Operations have rescued three women and six children after overrunning three terrorists camps ... in the ongoing onslaught against terrorists," a statement from the defence ministry said on Saturday.
"Troops combing the forest are however yet to locate one other woman and her two children," it added.
President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in the three northeastern states. The operation has targeted areas of Africa's top energy producer where Boko Haram.
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