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Nigerian Army launched operations to flush out Boko Haram from Sambisa Forest

May 30, 2015 11:00 IST

Sambisa Forest: Hide out for Boko Haram militant group located in Northeastern Nigeria

The Sambisa Forest was in news in April and May 2015 as the Nigerian Army has been conducting special operations to rescue abducted women by the group.

The forest is located in the Northeastern Nigeria along the Nigeria-Cameroon border. It was captured by the group in February 2013 and made it has their primary base in March 2015.

Since its capture, the militant group mined the mountainous forest region and used as the shelter especially during Chibok schoolgirl kidnapping incident in April 2014 in which 276 female students were kidnapped.

Recently, on 28 April 2015, the Nigerian Army freed nearly 300 girls and women from its captivity and destroyed 13 militant camps. However, none of the Chibok girls had been found among them.

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