- Associated Press - Thursday, April 30, 2015

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A day after the Nigerian army celebrated the rescue of 200 girls and 93 women in the forest stronghold of Boko Haram, the army’s spokesman says more women and children believed to have been abducted by the Islamic extremists were rescued as firefights broke out there.

Several lives were lost including that of a soldier and a woman during the shootouts in nine separate extremist camps in the Sambisa Forest, according to a statement late Wednesday from the army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman. He said eight women sustained gunshot wounds and four soldiers were seriously injured.

Some of the freed females have been so transformed by their captivity that they opened fire on their rescuers, authorities have said.

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