Another missing Chibok girl rescued

A second girl who was among more than
200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram
in a raid on their school in the
northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok more
than two years ago has been rescued, a
spokesman for the Nigerian army said on
Thursday, May 19, according to Reuters.
Army spokesman Sani Usman said in an
emailed statement that the girl was among
97 women and children held hostage by
Boko Haram who were freed on Thursday
morning after clashes between soldiers and
jihadist militants in northeastern Borno
state.
Amina Ali Darsha Nkeki, the first girl to be
rescued, was found by soldiers working
with a vigilante group on Tuesday near
Damboa, south of Maiduguri in the remote
northeast where Boko Haram has waged a
seven-year insurgency to set up an Islamic
state.
Officials confirmed Amina was one of 219
girls abducted from the government school
in Chibok in April 2014. Late on Thursday,
the army said an operation in Damboa at
around 11 a.m. (6 p.m. ET) led to the
rescue of nearly 100 hostages that included
the second Chibok schoolgirl.
“We are glad to state that among those
rescued is a girl believed to be one of the
Chibok Government Secondary School girls
that were abducted,” said Usman, adding
that she was receiving medical treatment.
He said her name is Serah Luka and she
was from the northeastern town of
Madagali, in the state of Adamawa, which
borders Borno.
The army spokesman said it was possible
that three other girls that Serah referred to
as having fled and been rescued when the
troops arrived may also be among the
Chibok girls, adding that this was being
investigated.
A photograph of Serah released by the
military shows her wearing a blue jilbab, a
loose Muslim garment revealing her face
but concealing her torso and arms.
“She averred that she reported at the school
barely two months and one week before her
unfortunate abduction along with other
girls over two years ago,” said Usman.
Earlier on Thursday the governor of Borno
state, where Chibok is located, said the
army was drawing up plans and moving
into a Boko Haram forest stronghold in a
bid to rescue the remaining girls.
“We believe that in the coming weeks we
shall recover the rest of the girls,” Governor
Kashim Shettima told reporters. “The
military is already moving into the forest.”
Previous military attempts to storm Sambisa
forest have met with mixed success, with
soldiers making significant in-roads but
failing to finish off the Islamist militants
after running into bands of well-armed
guerrillas, mines and booby traps.
The #Bringbackourgirls activist group said
Amina had told her rescuers the rest of the
girls were under heavy Boko Haram guard
in Sambisa.
The governor’s comments came shortly
after Amina, the first girl to be rescued,
met Nigerian President Muhammadu
Buhari.
“Amina’s rescue gives us new hope and
offers a unique opportunity to vital
information,” Buhari, a 73-year-old former
military ruler, said during a meeting with
the teenager, her mother and officials after
a presidential jet flew her to Abuja.
Amina was discovered with her four-
month-old baby, and the army said it had
detained a suspected Boko Haram militant
called Mohammed Hayatu, who said he was
her husband.
On Thursday, the military released pictures
of a clean-shaven man in a white shirt and
cream trousers sitting beside Amina on a
hospital bed holding the infant in his lap

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