A multi-national military force in Mozambique has rescued 87 women and children from a jihadist militant base in Macomia in the conflict-hit northern province of Cabo Delgado.

Soldiers from the force combing Mozambican, Rwandan and troops form the region located the base at about 13:00 local time on Wednesday after a search in the forests of Quiterajo.

They rescued the 60 women and 27 children (18 boys and nine girls) and killed five militants who had been guarding the base, military sources said.

All those rescued were taken to the police district command in Macomia.

The search operation continues, with sources indicating the existence of another larger base in the Namaluku region.

Source: BBC