Nigerian troops ‚preparing to launch rescue mission for schoolgirls‘ | Telegraph

Four battalions of troops, fighter aircraft and helicopter gunships reported to be preparing for assault to free 223 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram

Women hold banners during a march in aid of the kidnapped school girls of Chibok, Nigeria

Women hold banners during a march in aid of the kidnapped school girls of Chibok, Nigeria Photo: Philip Ojisua/ Getty

Nigerian troops are reported to be massing in a forest in the north of the country in preparation for an assault to free hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by a militant Islamist group.

 

The Nigerian authorities on Friday raised their estimate of the number of girls still being held to 223, with another 53 said to have managed to flee from the Sambisa forest where the militants have taken them.

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