Chibok girl rescued from Boko Haram in Nigeria, 218 girls remain missing

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The first of one of 219 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, more than two years ago has been found, the military and activists said Wednesday, raising hopes for those still being held.

Amina Ali was discovered on Tuesday in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno state by civilian vigilantes assisting the military and was brought back to her home town of Mbalala, near Chibok.

Yakubu Nkeki, head of the Abducted Chibok Girls Parents’ group, said the teenager, who was 17 when she was abducted in April 2014, was brought to his house where she was reunited with her mother.

She was then handed over to the military and taken to the nearby town of Damboa, from where she was expected to be transferred to the state capital, Maiduguri, he told AFP.

The BringBackOurGirls campaign group said Ali was identified by her school vice-principal.

“She (Ali) provided useful information that her other classmates are still held under heavy terrorist captivity in the Sambisa Forest area,” said spokesman Sesugh Akume.

But she was quoted as saying by Chibok community leader Tsambido Hoseana Abana that “six were already dead”, while Nkeki and other community leaders said she was found with a baby.

 

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