Boko Haram releases 158 hostages

The Boko Haram Islamist terrorist group has released 158 women and children abducted from a village in northeastern Nigeria’s Yobe state, an official said on Friday.

Ahmed Goniri, the state commissioner for justice and chairman of the State Committee on Rehabilitation of Victims of Insurgency, said the victims were released by the Islamist sect members after three weeks of captivity. The official told reporters that the women and children from Katarko village in Yobe have been reunited with their families in Damaturu, the state capital, according to Xinhua news agency.

The victims were screened by security personnel to authenticate their status.
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