More Than 60 Abducted Women and Girls Escape From Boko Haram

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July 7 2014 12:25 PM

More Than 60 Abducted Women and Girls Escape From Boko Haram

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Protesters calling for the release of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in April. (The women whose escape is reported below were kidnapped in a separate incident.)

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More than 60 women and girls out of 68 kidnapped by the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram last month have escaped and returned to their village, according to security sources and local vigilantes cited by the BBC. The women were abducted from Kummabza village in Borno state in northeastern Nigeria—the terrorist group’s stronghold—on June 18 following a four-day assault on the village by the Islamists. Locals told journalists the women escaped captivity on Friday after the insurgents left to attack a military base.

At least five women involved in the June 18 incident, including a nursing mother, are still missing, as are more than 200 schoolgirls abducted in April.

Irene Chidinma Nwoye is a writer and former Slate intern in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.

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