Authorities in northwestern Nigeria claim to have rescued 100 women and children captured by bandits, the majority of them are mothers nursing infants.
On June 8, the group was kidnapped in Zamfara state. During the incident, four persons were slain.
They were released without a ransom being paid, according to the Zamfara state government, but no other details were provided.
Before returning to their homes, the group will have medical examinations and be debriefed.
In recent months, there has been a wave of kidnappings in the region.
More than 1,000 people have been kidnapped since December 2020. The majority were apparently liberated after ransoms were paid, but some were slain.
Bandits, a vague word for kidnappers, armed robbers, livestock rustlers, and other armed militia operating in the region who are primarily motivated by money, have been blamed by authorities for the occurrences.
More armed organizations have resorted to mass abductions of kids since the
well-publicized abduction of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok secondary school by Boko Haram Islamist extremists in Borno state in 2014.
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the military to clear criminals from Zamfara and neighboring Kaduna and Katsina states.
A Nigerian air force plane was shot down on the border of Zamfara and Kaduna states earlier this week during an operation against a criminal group. The pilot ejected from the plane and fled to safety, surviving the attack.