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ICC Note: The Nigerian military reports they have liberated hundreds of people from Gwoza, Nigeria, learning that the Islamist terror group murdered 466 people for refusing to convert to Islam. The report claims Boko Haram also took 218 women and girls as wives into forced marriages with fighters. This kind of persecution of Christians is typical for Boko Haram; they are notorious for splitting the Muslims from the Christians during their attacks, then killing any Christians who refuse to convert. The abduction, rape, and forced marriage of women and girls is another way in which they have persecuted thousands since their insurgency beginning in 2009.

07/01/2016, Borno, Nigeria (Uncova) – About 3,000 families were said to have fled Ashigashiya, Ngoshe and Gava villages around Gwoza local government area of Borno, northeast Nigeria when Nigerian military on clearance operation fought Boko Haram militants on Tuesday to liberate the areas.

Arriving Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, Nuhu Diya, who was among the over 10,000 people held hostage at ‘Bayan Dutse’ told DAILY POST that he witnessed the killing of 466 people who refused to convert to Islam as well as over 218 marriages of innocent victims to Boko Haram fighters who forcefully took them as wives.

He also said that more than 192 died as a result of hunger-related sickness, adding that there are thousands of people still trapped in the ‘Bayan Dutse’ axis and are in need of serious help.

On how he survived, he told our correspondent that after being converted to Islam, the estimated 620 families were allowed to move freely. “We go about to look for food unlike others who were trapped in Ashigashiya before the Cameroonian soldiers came to save them.”

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