Boko Haram Frees Nigerian Schoolgirl, Holds Hundreds Others

One of the schoolgirls abducted by Islamist insurgents in Chibok, north-eastern part of Nigeria was freed this week, police and a parent of some of the other missing girls said Thursday (September 24,2014).
Boko Haram militants took more than 200 girls from a secondary school in the village near the Cameroon border in April, sparking a worldwide outcry. They have remained in captivity since then. Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, has been pilloried for his slow response to the kidnapping and for his inability to quell the violence by the Islamist militants.
“She was found running in a village. She was in the bush for about four days. She’s still receiving medical attention,” said a parent, who has two girls still with the insurgents and who declined to be named. He added that she was now in the north-eastern city of Yola.
A police spokesman told The Street Journal in Abuja that the 20-year-old woman was discovered on Wednesday, saying she had been “dropped off by suspected Boko Haram militants” at Mubi in Adamawa state, some 60 miles from Chibok. “Her condition is stable,” he said, without explaining why she might have been released.
The Islamists offered to release the girls in a prisoner swap in May, but the proposal was rejected by the government.
A military operation in the north-east has so far failed to quell the rebellion and has triggered reprisal attacks that are increasingly targeting civilians, after some of them formed vigilante groups to try to help the government flush out the militants.
Boko Haram has seized several towns in the last two months, although the military said on Wednesday it had pushed the group back and that 135 fighters had surrendered this week in the north-east town of Biu, near the centre of Boko Haram’s campaign to carve out an Islamist state.
The military said Boko Haram had also been trying to take over the town of Konduga, near the Cameroon border, two weeks ago but had been repelled by air and land forces.

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