Nigeria Chibok Schoolgirl Found After 2014 Mass Kidnapping

  • Amina Ali carried baby and cannot speak, community leader says
  • Her rescue is first since Boko Haram kidnapped girls in 2014

A schoolgirl abducted by Islamist militants two years ago from the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok has been found, becoming the first of a group of more than 200 kidnapped by the Boko Haram group to be freed, according to the army and community members.

Amina Ali, who was found with her newborn baby, was identified by her family after being found by local vigilantes at the outskirts of Borno state’s Sambisa Forest, Ayuba Alamson, a Chibok community member, said by phone from the northeastern city of Maiduguri after speaking with Ali’s parents. Ali has been traumatized by the experience and isn’t yet able to speak, said Pogu Bitrus, another leader in the community.

A suspected Boko Haram militant who claims to be her husband was arrested, army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement. They were all taken to Maiduguri, where Ali is receiving medical attention. “She is a nursing mother with a 4-month-old baby girl who was named Safiyya," said Usman.

This is the first reported rescue of a Chibok girl since the mass abduction in April 2014 that brought global attention and international outrage to the Boko Haram militant group’s brutal tactics, provoking the #BringBackOurGirls social-media campaign championed by U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, is seeking to impose its own version of Islamic law to Nigeria. While the nation’s military has rescued thousands of women and children kidnapped in the northeast, none of the Chibok schoolgirls had been found previously except for those who escaped within days of the abduction.

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