Nigerian military says it has rescued 178 captives from Boko Haram

(CNN)Nigerian forces have freed 178 captives held by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram during military operations in the country's violence-plagued northeast, an army spokesman said Monday.

Those rescued in the operations near the town of Bama include 101 children, 67 women and 10 men, Col. Tukur Gusau said in a statement.
Photos released by the army showed open trucks packed full of women, children and elderly men.
    Gusau said the military captured a Boko Haram commander.
    Bama is in Borno state, Boko Haram's birth place and main stronghold.
    The group has mounted a campaign of bombings, kidnappings and deadly raids in recent years. It says it wants stricter enforcement of Sharia law across Nigeria, which is split between a majority Muslim north and a mostly Christian south.