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Nine more kidnapped by Boko Haram rescued in Nigeria

Abuja, Apr 1 (Prensa Latina) The Nigerian armed forces rescued nine people who were kidnapped by the Islamist group Boko Haram in two different operations, the newspaper Vanguard reported.

Three members of the terrorist organization were neutralized during operations carried out in the town of Bama, state of Borno, in the northwest of the country.

The army also conducted operations in the towns of Angwan Wanna, in the center of the country, and Bula Marwa, in the northeast, freeing three adult women and six children.

Recently, the Nigerian armed forces rescued more than 130 students kidnapped three weeks ago from a school in Kaduna state, in the northwest of the country.

Mass abductions, particularly of little girls and government functionaries, for whose release they demand cash ransoms, are one of the main ways of obtaining income for Islamist groups and criminal gangs operating in the country.

The attacks against unarmed populations and kidnappings constitute the two main headaches of the Nigerian central authorities, in addition to the frequent conflicts between herders and farmers over the use of water and areas of their activities.