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Saturday, 7 March 2015

Boko Haram Frees Captured Women - Mass For Final Battle!

The Associated Press

Hajiya Adama said her mother said the fighters also have released young women being held against their will, including some made pregnant during their captivity.



MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- Boko Haram fighters are massing at their headquarters in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza in preparation for a showdown with multinational forces, residents and an intelligence officer said.

A woman who had been trapped there since Gwoza was seized in July told her daughter that Islamic extremists are urging civilians to leave town to avoid being killed in crossfire in an anticipated major battle.

Hajiya Adama said her mother said the fighters also have released young women being held against their will, including some made pregnant during their captivity.

She said her mother left last week and escaped to the town of Yola, in neighboring Adamawa state.

"She told me that Boko Haram terrorists asked them to leave suddenly, that they were preparing grounds for a major battle," Adama said. "She said while being helped by other women to leave through Madagali, they saw many Boko Haram terrorists in trucks and some on bikes moving toward Gwoza."

An intelligence officer said security forces are moving slowly for fear of harming civilians and because Boko Haram is surrounding Gwoza with land mines.

Forces from Chad are in the area, he confirmed, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to reporters.

Boko Haram in August declared an Islamic caliphate across a swath of northeast Nigeria where it held sway. In recent weeks, Chadian and Nigerian troops have retaken a score of towns. But the militants continue to kill scores in suicide bombings and village attacks.

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