Over 60 Nigerian Girls Escape Boko Haram Captors

(Photo: REUTERS/Erik De Castro) Students from an all-girls Catholic school, St Scholastica’s College, wear masks depicting kidnapped African school girls in Manila, June 27, 2014. More than 1,000 girls took part in the protest outside their campus aimed at voicing outrage over the kidnapping of more than 200 girls from a school in northeast Nigeria in April by Boko Haram militants, a school official said.

More than 60 girls and women kidnapped by armed men from Nigeria’s Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram a fortnight ago have managed to escape, officials said. However, over 200 other girls who were abducted separately about two months ago are still captive.

A local official from the Chibok area of the northeast state of Borno told The Associated Press Monday that he can confirm that the women and girls escaped Thursday and Friday. He said he had sent his representatives to talk to some of the girls.

The victims were kidnapped during a raid on Kummabza village in the Damboa district of Borno state on June 22, as the terror group supposedly sought to pressure the government to secure the release of its militant fighters.

“Over 60 women were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists,” a local vigilante leader, Aji Khalil, told Agence France Presse earlier. “They were forcefully taken away by Boko Haram terrorists. Four villagers who tried to escape were shot dead on the spot.”

Another vigilante leader, identified as Abbas Gava, in Borno state’s capital of Maiduguri told the AP on Sunday that he heard from other vigilantes in the area that 63 women and girls managed to escape while the armed men from Boko Haram were attacking military barracks and police headquarters in Damboa.

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