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Friday 20 July 2018

Father of missing girl kidnapped by Boko Haram believes daughter is dead

Inuwa Garba said some of the girls who were freed have said his child died in a stampede during her abduction.

Freed girls board a military plane following a handover to government officials in Maiduguri, Nigeria (Hamza Suleiman/AP)
Freed girls board a military plane following a handover to government officials in Maiduguri, Nigeria (Hamza Suleiman/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

The father of one of the Nigerian schoolgirls still unaccounted for after Boko Haram extremists returned 104 girls from a mass abduction says he believes his daughter and others are dead and buried.

Inuwa Garba said friends of his daughter who were freed on Wednesday told him the 16-year-old died from injuries in the stampede during the mass abduction a month ago.

“They told me five of the girls died and my daughter, who was among them, was the first to die,” Mr Garba says.

The survivors told him the bodies were buried in the bush.

Nigeria’s government has not commented on the fate of the six missing girls.

At least one of the freed girls has said a Christian classmate remained captive, while those released are Muslim.

Press Association

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