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Nigeria’s army has rescued 200 girls and 93 women during a military operation to wrest back the Sambisa Forest from the Boko Haram Islamist militant group, it said on its Twitter feed on Tuesday.“Troops this afternoon rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Sambisa Forest. We cannot confirm if the Chibok girls are in this group,” it said, adding that Nigerian troops had also destroyed three camps run by the militants.

Nigeria's army says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram camps during a military operation to wrest back control of the Sambisa Forest.

In a post on Twitter on Tuesday, the military said it could not confirm whether the hostages were those kidnapped from Chibok a year ago.

The schoolgirls who escaped from Boko Haram

"Troops this afternoon rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Sambisa Forest. We cannot confirm if the Chibok girls are in this group," the army said, adding that Nigerian troops had also destroyed three camps run by the armed group.

Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege, reporting from the capital Abuja, said it was highly likely that the girls rescued today were those kidnapped by Boko Haram last year.

"It's hard to imagine who else these girls could be" our correspondent said.

Boko Haram kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls near the northern village of Chibok in April 2014, sparking an international outcry.

The armed group implements a harsh interpretation of Islamic law in the areas that it holds and wants to create an Islamic state in the mainly Muslim north.

Boko Haram has forcibly conscripted men and young boys to take up arms in its war against the Nigerian government and other neighbouring countries while women and girls are being subjected to forced marriage, forced labour and rape.

According to human rights group Amnesty International, more that 5,500 civilians have been killed by the group and more than 1.5 million people, including 800,000 children, have fled their homes due to the violence.

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