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Nigerian troops rescue more girls from Boko Haram

Nigeria's military says it has rescued 234 more girls and women from a Boko Haram forest stronghold in the country's north-east.

The announcement by the Nigerian Defence Headquarters brings the number declared rescued this week to more than 677.

There have been reports that some women fought the troops, with Boko Haram using them as an armed human shield.

It is not known how many girls, women, boys and men Boko Haram has kidnapped over its six-year-old rebellion.

Rescued girls in Nigeria 'not from Chibok'

The 200 girls rescued in an army operation in Nigeria are not those kidnapped in Chibok last year, an army spokesman has said.

Earlier, the Nigerian Army said it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women during a military operation in the Sambisa Forest after destroying three Boko Haram camps.

But a spokesman for the army has confirmed that the girls were not those kidnapped from schools in Chibok by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in April 2014.


Nigerian troops save 200 girls in Boko Haram operation

The Nigerian Army has said it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women during a military operation in the Sambisa Forest after destroying three Boko Haram camps.

On its twitter feed, the Nigerian Armed Forces said it was unable to confirm if the schoolgirls kidnapped last year in Chibok are among those rescued.

Islamist militant group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls near the northern village of Chibok in April 2014, sparking international outcry.

Chad army 'kills hundreds of Boko Haram militants'

Hundreds of Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria have been killed by armed forces from neighbouring Chad, an army spokesman has said.

Col Azem Bermandoa said Chadian forces were carrying out mopping-up operations in northern areas around the border town of Malam Fatori, which was recently claimed back from by the Islamist extremist group.

Nine Chad soldiers were killed and 16 injured in the fighting, he added.


Buhari vows to 'spare no effort' in fighting Boko Haram

The newly-elected President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed his government will "spare no effort" in the battle against Islamist militants Boko Haram.

Muhammadu Buhari, pictured here in 2011, has sworn to 'spare no effort' in fighting Boko Haram after becoming president Credit: Reuters

In his first formal speech since his victory against opponent Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari said:

Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will. We should spare no effort.

In tackling the insurgency, we have a tough and urgent job to do.

– President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari: Nigeria has officially 'embraced democracy'

Nigerian election winner Muhammadu Buhari says his country proved it has "embraced democracy" after his historic victory.

Muhammadu Buhari won an historic election in Nigeria yesterday. Credit: Reuters

Buhari, 72, became the first politician to unseat a sitting leader at the ballot box yesterday.

"We have proven to the world that we are people who have embraced democracy - we have put one-party state behind us," he said.

Mr Buhari also paid tribute to outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan for relinquishing power, telling journalists: "President Jonathan was a worthy opponent and I extend the hand of fellowship to him."

Goodluck Jonathan concedes defeat in Nigerian election

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has conceded defeat in the country's election, urging supporters to vent their frustrations peacefully following the loss.

Goodluck Jonathan failed to win another term in office after losing to Muhammadu Buhari. Credit: Reuters

Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, 72, became the first opposition candidate to oust a president in a democratic election, following a tightly-fought contest.

"Nobody's ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian," he said as he congratulated his successor.

"The unity, stability and progress of our dear country is more important than anything else."

New First Lady of Nigeria hails 'truimph of democracy'

The new First Lady of Nigeria has hailed a "triumphant show of democracy" after her husband and opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari won the country's election.

All Progressives Congress leader Buhari, who said he had been "converted" to democracy after first seizing power three decades ago in a military coup, is the first Nigerian to oust a sitting president through the ballot box.

Opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari has won the election Credit: Reuters

His wife, Aisha Buhari, took to Twitter to share her joy as the results rolled in, saying she was "so proud" of her husband and his team.

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