The Nigerian military rescued 241 women and children in a raid on two camps controlled by Islamists group Boko Haram, the country’s military said on Wednesday.
43 militants belonging to the terrorist group were arrested, including a local leader, Bulama Modu, who the Nigerian military says was acting as the ‘emir’ of the village of Bulakuri.
Both camps were reportedly destroyed in the raid and weapons confiscated, some of which were buried by militants who appeared to be abandoning their posts during the raid.
The troops also arrested a suspect militant in Wulda village. The suspect provided names of terrorists who helped stage an attack in northern Cameroon this month.
The attack left at least 30 people dead and another 145 people wounded.
Days before, militants from the islamists group attacked Baanu, a village in northeast Nigeria, while riding on horse backs and fatally shot 68 people.
Boko Haram remains one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s major challenges in Nigeria, even though he promised to crush their insurgence.