New offensive frees captives from Boko Haram; exposes group’s bloodlust

A major offensive by Nigerian forces has freed nearly 700 captives from Boko Haram in the last week, while also further exposing the Islamist terror group’s bottomless propensity for evil.


As many as 10 girls were stoned to death last week as rescuers closed in on the terrorist group’s stronghold in the Sambisa forest in the northern Borno state. Survivors told of their harrowing escape from the terror group, which claims to be aligned with ISIS.


“Boko Haram came and told us they were moving out and that we should run away with them. But we said no,” 27-year-old Lami Musa, a former captive who recently gave birth while being hostage, told The Associated Press. “Then they started stoning us. I held my baby to my stomach and doubled over to protect her.”


It is still unclear if any of them were among the so-called “Chibok girls,” whose mass abduction from their school a year ago sparked outrage worldwide and a campaign for their freedom under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.


Musa said that she believes about 10 women may have been stoned to death, but official numbers were not immediately known.


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