AS REPORTED BY STRIPES:
After carrying out a mass rescue of 200 girls and 93 women from the forest stronghold of an Islamic insurgent group, Nigeria’s military is evacuating them and plans to check their physical and mental health, the army spokesman said Wednesday.
The military is flying in medical and intelligence teams to examine the females, many of whom are traumatized, said Col. Sani Usman.
He earlier said that none of the so-called Chibok girls appeared to be among those rescued but later said it remains to be seen if any were among the 219 who are still missing more than a year after being snatched from a boarding school in Chibok. The April 14, 2014 mass kidnapping from the town in northeast Nigeria outraged much of the world.
The evacuation from the Sambisa Forest in northeast Nigeria began on Tuesday but Usman would not say where the rescued females are being taken. He told The Associated Press that they needed to be questioned to determine their identities.
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