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Chibok schoolgirl kidnapped two years ago by Boko Haram rescued with baby boy

Published 05/11/2016 | 12:55

A still from Boko Haram video, showing a masked man talking to the kidnapped schoolgirls. Image: Reuters
A still from Boko Haram video, showing a masked man talking to the kidnapped schoolgirls. Image: Reuters

The Nigerian army has rescued one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamic extremists more than two years ago in a raid on a forest hideout.

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A spokesman said the schoolgirl was found with a baby boy born to an extremist. It was the first army rescue of a Chibok girl.

Nigeria's government last month secured the freedom of 21 of the schoolgirls in the first such release negotiated with Boko Haram. Another girl escaped from captivity in May.

Some 276 girls were seized from a school in north-eastern Chibok town in April 2014. Dozens quickly escaped.

Officials have vowed to secure the release of nearly 200 who remain captive.

Abana Muta, left, and Hawa Abana, look at photos of the freed Chibok schoolgirls, including their daughter Blessing Abana (AP)
Abana Muta, left, and Hawa Abana, look at photos of the freed Chibok schoolgirls, including their daughter Blessing Abana (AP)

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