The good news that up to 700 girls and women have been rescued from captivity under the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram has been tempered this week by their stories, including those who lived to tell that the terrorists began stoning women and girls to death when they realized their captives were close to being rescued.
The BBC reports that women being interviewed by the Nigerian military, who are now free under their care, say Boko Haram terrorists began stoning their captives when it became clear that the women would not run away from the Nigerian military, instead welcoming their rescue. The Associated Press adds that a number of women and girls reportedly died in the turmoil of military rescue, some being caught by Boko Haram landmines, while a small group were accidentally crushed by a Nigerian military vehicle.
“Boko Haram came and told us they were moving out and said that we should run away with them. But we said no… Then they started stoning us. I held my baby to my stomach and doubled over to protect her,” 27-year-old Lami Musa told the Associated Press. Musa escaped along with her five-month-old baby.
Boko Haram recently changed its name officially to the Islamic State West Africa Province, or ISWAP.