The Nigerian Military Rescues another Chibok Student


In April 2014, fighters from the Islamist militant group stormed the girls’ school and kidnapped as many as 276 of the girls. Militants released images of the captured girls that quickly circulated on the internet, resulting in a social media campaign championed by celebrities with a hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. Protesters have staged regular demonstrations in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, to agitate for the girls’ release.

Dozens of the nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in 2014 in the Nigerian village of Chibok were freed in May as part of an exchange.

The Nigerian military said on Thursday that it had rescued one of the students kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in 2014 from a school in the village of Chibok.

The student, Salomi Pogu, was found in northern Nigeria along with at least one other person who had been kidnapped, according to the military. The other abductee was a 14-year-old girl who was with a child. Officials did not release details of their rescue, but local news media reports said it came during a military operation.

In the past two years, the government has negotiated for the release of dozens of the girls on two separate occasions, engaging in a prisoner swap for detained Boko Haram commanders. A few others have been found wandering in the forest or during military operations that freed other captives. A number of the rescued girls have told officials that some fellow students died in childbirth or during military strikes.

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