Chibok Schoolgirl Kidnapped by Boko Haram Is Found in Northeast Nigeria
The girl was one of 276 girls kidnapped from a school in northeastern Nigeria more than two years ago.
One of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped from the Nigerian town of Chibok by Boko Haram was found on Wednesday, the first one to escape the radical Islamist group in nearly two years, activists and the military said. A band of hunters guiding government soldiers through the Sambisa forest in northeastern Nigeria discovered Amina Nkeki, 19 years old, wandering near a mostly abandoned village and breast-feeding what she said was her infant, said Sesugh Akume, a spokesman for the #BringBackOurGirls activist group. She told her rescuers that six of her fellow students had died in captivity, Mr. Akume said. Nigerian troops drove Ms. Nkeki to the government-held city of Maiduguri, said Danladi Musa, who was helping to provide her with medical treatment and counseling. In Maiduguri, she spoke to her mother and to the vice principal of the boarding school in Chibok, where she and 275 other girls studying for their final exams were kidnapped by Boko Haram forces the night of April 14, 2014. She said those students still being held by Boko Haram were in the Sambisa forest area and under heavy guard, #BringBackOurGirls said.
After courting Islamic State for months, Boko Haram in March 2015 pledged its allegiance to the group and officially changed its name to Islamic State West Africa Province. Following a recent Nigerian military offensive, Boko Haram doesn’t control as much territory in northeastern Nigeria as it once did.
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