Nigerian Governor Says More Chibok Girls to Be Rescued Soon

More schoolgirls from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok will be rescued soon, after a student who was kidnapped in a mass abduction by Boko Haram was rescued this week, Borno state Governor Kashim Shettima said.

“We believe that in the next coming week we shall recover the rest of the girls,” Shettima told reporters in Abuja on Thursday. The military “are expending a lot of resources and time in Sambisa Forest. I believe that in the days and weeks more recoveries will be made.”

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. That was the first reported rescue of a Chibok girl since the mass abduction of more than 200 students 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.

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