Government troops have rescued a Nigerian teenager kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago, the first of more than 200 girls freed from the extremists who seized them from their school in the northeast town of Chibok.
Reuters is reporting that the girl and her four-month old baby were rescued by soldiers working with a civilian vigilante group.
They were found in a remote area in the country’s northeast, according to army spokesman Sani Usman.
A suspected Boko Haram terrorist, identified by officials as Mohammed Hayatu, was arrested.
“Preliminary investigation shows that she is indeed one of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on 14th April 2014 in Chibok,” Usman said in a statement.
Rights activists identified her as Amina Ali Darsha Nkeki.
They quoted her as saying her schoolmates remained in the Sambisa forest in the northeast, Boko Haram’s biggest stronghold.
The girl will meet President Muhammadu Buhari in the capital Abuja on Thursday, his spokesman said.
A witness who saw the girl at the governor’s office in Maiduguri said she seemed tired and was limping.
Her age has not been disclosed but she appeared to be in her late teens.
Her rescue may give a boost to Buhari, a former military ruler who made crushing the Islamist militant Boko Haram insurgency a key pillar of his election campaign in 2015.
The military released a photograph of the girl, who was seated, clad in a Muslim headscarf and cradling a baby wrapped in a cloth while holding a plate of food.
Boko Haram seized 276 girls from their school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in April 2014, part of a seven-year-old insurgency to set up an Islamic state in the north that has killed some 15,000 people and displaced more than two million.
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