Rescued Chibok schoolgirl found with baby


Rescued Chibok schoolgirl found with baby

One of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram two years ago has been rescued by the Nigerian army for the first time.

Last month, some of the youngsters were released by the Islamist group through negotiations with the country's government while another managed to escape on her own in May.

In the latest case the girl, carrying a 10-month-old son whose father is an extremist, was saved as soldiers screened people who fled a militant hideout in Sambisa forest.

Maryam Ali Maiyanga was rescued in Pulka, Borno state, near the border with Cameroon and was later taken to an army medical facility for a check-up.

Some 21 Chibok girls were freed in October in the town of Barki after negotiations brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government.

They were exchanged with four Boko Haram prisoners, according to local residents, but the government has denied this.


Rescued Chibok schoolgirl found with baby


Video: Oct: Tears of joy welcome Chibok girls

More than 200 schoolgirls were taken by the rebel group from their hostels in the remote town of Chibok in April 2014 and the mass abduction led to worldwide anger.

Dozens of them escaped within hours and president Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to secure the release of all those who remain captive.

Meanwhile, activists and relatives have hit out at the government for continuing to hold Amina Ali Nkeki, who escaped in May.

The girl said she wanted to be reunited with her mother and the father of her child.

He is a detained extremist who she said was also a victim of kidnapping and helped her escape.

The government says she was receiving trauma counselling and other care at a military hospital in Abuja, where she has been joined by the girls released last month.



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