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Nigeria: troops rescue 178 people, destroy extremist camps

Nigerian troops rescued 178 people from Boko Haram in attacks that destroyed several camps of the Islamic extremists in the northeast of the country, an army statement said Sunday. Spokesman Col. Tukur Gusau said that 101 of those freed are children, along with 67 women and 10 men. The Nigerian Air Force reported killing "a large number" of militants in repelling an attack on Bitta village, 50 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of the army operations that took place around Bama, 70 kilometers (45 miles) southeast of Maiduguri city. Maiduguri is the birthplace of Boko Haram and the capital of northeastern Borno state. Sunday's statements did not specify when the attacks...

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