UPDATE- Nigeria’s military rescues 76 schoolgirls, says parents, government official

HARARE- Nigeria’s military has rescued 76 school girls and recovered the bodies of two others on Wednesday, after the students went missing during a Boko Haram attack on a village. The rescue was confirmed by three parents, a resident and government officials.

Over 90 school girls were feared missing after the attack on the village of Dapachi in the North eastern state of Yobe.

President Muhammad Buhari, earlier, dispatched his foreign and defence ministers on Wednesday to Yobe to investigate the situation, said the Minister of Information Lai Mohammed.

Aroll-call at the girl’s school showed that 91 students were absent, said the two people with direct knowledge of the matter.

“I saw girls crying and wailing in three Tata vehicles and they were crying for help,” said one witness from the nearby village of Gumsa who was reportedly forced to show the insurgents the way out of the area and then released.

Seven parents said their daughters were among the missing.
Boko Haram militants arrived in Dapchi on Monday evening in trucks, mounted with heavy guns and painted in military camouflage, said witnesses.

Over 20,000 people have been killed and two million forced to flee their homes in the north-east of Africa’s most populous nation since Boko Haram began its insurgency.

Aid groups say Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands more adults and children, many of whose cases are neglected.

Photo Credit- The Financial Express

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