The Nigerian Army says 16 women and girls abducted on Wednesday in Madagali, Adamawa State, by suspected Boko Haram militants, have been rescued.
The Public Relations Officer of 28 Task Force Brigade Mubi in Adamawa, A.O. Fadare, said troops rescued the women while pursuing their abductors, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Mr. Fadare did not give the number of those rescued.
"I am still trying to verify from Madagali as you know, the operation is still on," he was quoted as saying.
Local sources had told PREMIUM TIMES some of the women were taken from a bush where they had gone in search of firewood. Others were seized from a river while fishing.
Those abducted included 14 women and two girls.
A source said two women managed to escape the abductors by pretending to have drowned.
"The two women who are in real state of trauma told us that the suspected Boko Haram insurgents had a field day carting away the women when their escorts ran away for their dear lives," the source said.
He said two vigilante operatives who escorted the women to the bush fled on sighting the heavily armed men, who arrived good numbers.
"They left the women to their own devices as the gunmen were left unchallenged leading to the abduction of the said women," the source said.
Confirming the incident, the member representing Michika/ Madagali Federal constituency, Adamu Kamale, said, "I just received the shocking news to the effect that about 16 women have been abducted by Boko Haram.
"We have been witnessing pockets of attacks contrary to the belief that security has been fully restored in the area. As a member of NASS (National Assembly), I have been calling for the deployment of security personnel but to no avail as the government seems to have relegated our concerns to the background".
The Police Public Relations Officer of Adamawa, Othman Abubakar, said on learning about the development, the command deployed officers to the affected area.
He said police were working "round the clock to track down the abducted women and girls".