The Nigerian army rescued 241 women from two Boko Haram camps in Northern Nigeria Tuesday.
The military operation, in the villages of Jangurori and Bulatori, also led to the arrests of 43 Boko Haram leaders, including “kingpin” Bulama Modu.
“Apart from arms and ammunitions, bows and arrows recovered from Bulama Modu, the kingpin, he [Modu] confirmed that the terrorists also gave him a horse to enhance his deadly pursuits,” Colonel Sami Usman told Nigerian newspaper Punch.
One of those arrested provided the names of insurgents responsible for a Boko Haram terrorist attack on Cameroon earlier this month.
Last year Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 Christian schoolgirls from Chibok and forced them into sex-slavery. Little has been heard from them since despite an international campaign, although a few escaped.
It is not known if those rescued this week by the Nigerian army are the Chibok girls or other women captured by Boko Haram.
The group has carried out many different attacks this year, despite losing territory to the Nigerian army. Perhaps the most brutal of these came in January when the group carried out a six-day rampage which may have killed up to 2,000 people.
Boko Haram now calls themselves the Islamic State in West Africa since it pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in March.
To learn more about Boko Haram’s brutal insurgency and attempts to build an Islamic State in West Africa see Clarion Project’s Factsheet: Boko Haram Nigerian Islamist Group