One of the 219 schoolgirls abducted in Chibok in northeast Nigeria has been found, the first found since their seizure by Boko Haram more than two years ago, activists, the head of a support group and a community leader said on Wednesday.
Tsambido Hosea Abana, a Chibok community leader in Abuja from the BringBackOurGirls pressure group, tweeted that the girl was found by civilian vigilantes in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State on Tuesday.
Amina Ali Nkeki was found wandering in the forest, uncle Yakubu Nkeki told The Associated Press. He said she was pregnant and traumatised but otherwise fine.
Her uncle said the 19-year-old – she was 17 when she was abducted – was brought to Chibok on Tuesday night for her identity to be verified and to be reunited with her mother. Her father died while she was held captive.
He said the soldiers then took the young woman away, apparently to a military camp in the town of Damboa.
Other Chibok girls may also have been rescued by soldiers hunting down Boko Haram in the remote northeastern Sambisa Forest on Tuesday night, said Chibok community leader Pogu Bitrus. He said he is working with officials to establish their identities.
Boko Haram Islamic extremists stormed and firebombed the Government Girls Secondary School at Chibok on April 14, 2014, and seized 276 girls who were preparing to write science exams. Dozens escaped in the first hours, but 219 remained missing.
The inability of Nigeria’s government and military to rescue them led, in part, to the electoral defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan last year.
It’s not known how many thousands of girls, boys and young women have been kidnapped by Boko Haram in a nearly 7-year-old insurgency that has killed some 20 000 people and spread across Nigeria’s borders.
Nigeria’s military has reported freeing thousands this year as they have forced the extremists from towns and into strongholds in the sprawling Sambisa Forest. Boko Haram has turned to soft targets using suicide bombers.