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Chadian troops 'rescue 85 Boko Haram hostages'

The leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau (C) on July 13, 2014Chadian troops have rescued around 85 Nigerians kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists last weekend from fishing communities in Nigeria’s extreme northeast, security and human rights sources said Saturday. The raid on Doron Baga, a fishing village on the shores of Lake Chad, left 28 people dead and scores of homes burnt, according to residents. “We received communication from our Chadian counterparts of the interception of a convoy of buses carrying 85 Nigerians believed to have been kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists from Baga,” a senior security official in Maiduguri told AFP. “The convoy being led by six Boko Haram gunmen was stopped on the Chadian part of the border along Lake Chad for routine checks and the huge number of people in the convoy raised suspicion,” he said.

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