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ICC Note: The Nigerian Army has reported that they rescued 80 captives from Islamist terror group Boko Haram on Tuesday, July 19. Soldiers rescued 42 women and 38 children during the operation, in which the Army infiltrated a Boko Haram gathering, killing 40 militants. This rescue is part of the Nigerian Army’s increased attempts to rid northeastern Nigeria of the terrorist group that has plagued it for the past seven years with an ongoing and brutal insurgency. Boko Haram is known for particularly targeting Christians, historically, abducting women and girls, forcing them to convert to Islam and marry fighters, ushering them into a lifetime of sexual slavery.

07/21/2016, Gangere, Nigeria (Vice News) – Nigeria’s missing Chibok schoolgirls are the most well-known among the captives of the Boko Haram militant group, but the Nigerian Islamist insurgency has kidnapped thousands during its seven-year-long reign of terror.

Today, Nigeria’s military claimed a success in its effort to reduce that number, after it reportedly freed 80 women and children from a far-flung village in the country’s northeast.

The 42 women and 38 children were rescued on Tuesday after soldiers infiltrated a Boko Haram meeting in Gangere village, Army spokesman Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman told the Associated Press. More than 40 militants were killed in the operation

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