According to a statement issued Friday by defense headquarters the hostages were released from northeastern Sambisa Forest, strong hold of Boko Haram militant group who is now part of Islamic State.
The number of those recently released from the custody of Boko Haram passes 700 who are undergoing a screening to find out their origin.
Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan whose term will end this month says that Sambisa Forest is the last stronghold for Boko Haram and that he will hadn over a Nigeria completely free of terrorist strongholds.
Those brought from Boko Haram hideout of Sambisa Forest may include the group’s family members or those willingly joined Boko Haram because some of them fired on the military during the operation.
Boko Haram has reportedly abducted thousands of girls and women since their insurgency started in 2009.
In one attack they kidnapped more than 200 school girls from northeastern Chibok town in April 2014 and later announced that the girls were married off to their fighters.
Boko Haram after pledging its allegiance with Islamic State terrorist group recently adopted a new name of “Islamic State’s West Africa Province” or (Iswap).