Two more girls of the 276 kidnapped by the Boko Haram jihadist group in April 2014 at a boarding school in Chibok, a town in northeastern Nigeria, were released this week by the country’s Armyconfirmed military sources.
“These girls were demure after spending a few eight years under the captivity of Boko Haram insurgents”, confirmed this Wednesday the major general Christopher Musecommander of Operation Hadin Kai (launched in the northeast of the country to combat jihadism), according to the local media today Guardian.
Musa explained that the two released girls are called Hanatus Musa and Kauna Luka and they were found after voluntarily fleeing from the Gazuwa camp, one of the jihadists’ logistical bases in Borno state.
According to a message shared this Wednesday on Twitter by the Nigerian Army, the rescue took place this Monday, July 25, and both girls and their children -who were found along with two other women-, “are currently in military medical facilities”.
The Chibok events, which shocked the world, occurred on April 14, 2014, when Boko Haram terrorists entered that remote community of Borno and ransacked the girls’ high school to take 276 female students.
The kidnapping triggered a campaign on social networks that went viral, under the slogan #BringBackOurGirls (“Give back our girls”), with which their release was requested and in which personalities such as the then First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama participated. .
After eight years of kidnapping, More than 100 Chibok girls are still missingalthough some of them sporadically recover their freedom, such as the two rescued by the Nigerian Army in June and July of this year.
Boko Haram is a jihadist organization created in 2002 in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, by the spiritual leader Mohameh Yusuf to denounce the abandonment of the north of the country by the authorities.
At that time, it was carrying out attacks against the Nigerian Police, representing the State, but since Yusuf was shot down by agents in 2009, the group has become radicalized.
Since then, northeastern Nigeria is wracked by violence sparked by Boko Haram and its faction since 2015, the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), which seek to impose an Islamic court state in Nigeria, a country with a Muslim majority in the north and predominantly Christian in the south.
Both groups have killed more than 35,000 people and have caused some 2.7 million internally displacedespecially in Nigeria, but also in neighboring countries such as Cameroon, Chad and Niger, according to government and UN data.
(With information from EFE)
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