Nearly 900 kids in anti-Boko Haram militia freed: UN

Parents and relatives hold portraits of their girls during a commemoration after they were abducted by Boko Haram Jihadists group. AFP file photo

Nearly 900 children held by a pro-government militia force fighting Boko Haram insurgents in northeastern Nigeria were freed on Friday, the UN said.

The 894 children, including 106 girls, had been in the ranks of the government-backed Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), a local militia which supports regular soldiers battling the Islamist insurgents.

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