The deputy headmistress, Sister Rachele Frassera, an Italian nun, followed the rebels and after an appeal, they released 109 girls, clinging onto 30
The devastating war escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition intervened on the side of the government.
Nearly 200 people have been reported killed since militants flying black flags of the Islamic State group went on a rampage in Marawi.
The Islamist militants seized 276 girls in April 2014, triggering global condemnation and drawing attention to the bloody insurgency.
Dhlakama, who only gives rare interviews by phone from the central Gorongosa mountains where he has been holed-up since October 2015, claimed the government...
The rebels slipped past army positions to carry out the attack using knives and other bladed weapons
Three civilians were seriously wounded in the attack by the rebels, who have been active in the forested region since being driven out of their homeland...
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