ICC Note: Reports suggest that more than 700 women and children have been rescued from the Sambisa Forest region in northern Nigeria in the past week from the clutches of militant Islamists Boko Haram. 300 of those women have now been transported to a refugee camp in Yola in northeastern Nigeria. Officials are yet to announce that any of the rescued individuals are any of the young girls from Chibok Boko Haram kidnapped more than a year ago.
5/2/15 Yola, Nigeria (BBC) – A group of nearly 300 women and girls, which the Nigerian army says were freed from Boko Haram militants earlier this week have been taken to a refugee camp in north-eastern Nigeria.
They had travelled for three days from the vast Sambisa forest where they were rescued, according to the army.
The group arrived in trucks and jeeps at a school converted into the camp in the city of Yola.
Earlier, the military said another 234 women and children had been rescued.
It said that operation took place on Thursday in the forest, a militant hideout.
Reports suggest nearly 700 women have been rescued from Boko Haram over the past week as the army continues its operation against militant strongholds.
But it is still not clear if any of the more than 200 girls abducted from a school in Chibok in April 2014 were among those freed.