Boko Haram releases 158 persons in northeast Nigeria: official

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Boko Haram 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 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.

The victims were screened by security operatives to authenticate their status while government provided them with psychological therapy to ease their trauma, Goniri said.

Thousands of people, including women and children, have been killed in the five-year insurgency of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, is currently grappling with security challenges, including the insurgency of Boko Haram. Endit

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