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Nigerian army rescues almost 300 girls and women

Published 28/04/2015 | 22:21

Women hold a signs as other protesters gather outside Nigeria House to mark the one year anniversary since a group of Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted on April 14, 2015 in London
Women hold a signs as other protesters gather outside Nigeria House to mark the one year anniversary since a group of Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted on April 14, 2015 in London

The Nigerian army says that it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women in the Sambisa Forest, but it could not confirm if any of those freed are the schoolgirls kidnapped a year ago.

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The army announced the rescue on Twitter and said it is now screening and profiling the girls and women.

More than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram in April 2014.

The militants took the schoolgirls in trucks into the Sambisa Forest and the girls have been missing since.

The plight of the schoolgirls has garnered international attention and the Bring Back Our Girls campaign.

The Nigerian army announced two weeks ago that it was going into Sambisa Forest, which is a centre for the Boko Haram fighters.

Parents of missing Chibok schoolgirls gather on April 14, 2015 to mark the one-year anniversary of the abduction of 219 schoolgirls by Boko Haram Islamists in the northeastern Nigerian city of Chibok in Borno State
Parents of missing Chibok schoolgirls gather on April 14, 2015 to mark the one-year anniversary of the abduction of 219 schoolgirls by Boko Haram Islamists in the northeastern Nigerian city of Chibok in Borno State

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