Screen Shot 2016-03-25 at 11.03.20 AMNigerian troops performed a “clearance operation” this week and freed more than 800 people held hostage by Boko Haram across the country’s northeast.

Nigerian army spokesperson Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said 520 people were rescued on Tuesday in Kusumma village. The army’s official website noted that  309 others were rescued in 11 villages across the region.

In the wake of the rescue, 22 terrorists were killed..

“The gallant troops cleared the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists hibernating in Kala Balge general area,” Usman said.

Boko Haram has not responded to the operation, but on Thursday, reports have surfaced that the terrorists have kidnapped 16 women.

“We received report of the kidnap of 14 women and two girls by gunmen believed to be insurgents near Sabon Garin Madagali villag,e” said Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar.

“We have sent search teams to the area and have notified the military who have also deployed personnel for search and rescue operation in the bush to free the hostages.”

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