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Nigerian Army finds Chibok girl eight years after kidnap

The Nigerian army has found another one of the “Chibok girls” who were kidnapped by Boko Haram eight years ago. According to military officials, this is the third  rescue in recent weeks.

The girl was among 276 schoolgirls aged 12-17 who were abducted from their boarding school in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria in 2014.

Christopher Musa, the commander of troops in the region, presented Ruth Bitrus, 24, along with her two-year-old son to journalists in front of a military barracks.

The young woman, who was 16 when she was kidnapped, escaped at night and walked for three days through the bush before reaching the town of Bama and approaching troops.

Last month, two other “Chibok girls” were found separately after fleeing the Sambisa Forest, a significant hideout for jihadists.

Of the 276 schoolgirls abducted in 2014, 57 had managed to escape, and another 80 had been exchanged for Boko Haram commanders in negotiations with the authorities.

Since the kidnapping, many other schools and universities have been attacked in northern Nigeria in recent years, some by militants, but mostly by criminal groups which engage in mass kidnapping for ransom.

By Vivian Moraa

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