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Over 450 Children Reportedly Saved From Boko Haram in Northeastern Nigeria

© REUTERS / Emmanuel BraunNigerien soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they had seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015
Nigerien soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they had seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Over 600 people, including more than 450 children, have been rescued from the Boko Haram extremist group, a Nigerian commander, Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, has announced.

This file photo taken on August 14, 2016 shows a video grab image created on August 14, 2016 and taken from a video released on youtube purportedly by Islamist group Boko Haram showing what is claimed to be one of the groups fighters at an undisclosed location standing in front of girls allegedly kidnapped from Chibok in April 2014. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the commander, over a dozen Boko Haram fighters were eliminated as a result of the rescue operation conducted in Sambisa Forest in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State.

"These victims who have been rescued include, 69 adult male, 180 adult female, 227 male children and 229 female children," Irabor told journalists, as quoted by Daily Post Nigeria on Wednesday.

The Boko Haram extremist group began large-scale attacks in northeastern Nigeria in 2009. Last year, the group expanded its attacks into neighboring Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

The extremist group has pledged allegiance to Daesh terrorist organization, outlawed in Russia and many other countries.

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