63 females flee captors in Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — More than 60 Nigerian girls and women abducted two weeks ago by Islamic extremists have managed to escape, officials said on Monday, though more than 200 girls kidnapped in April remain missing.
Nigerian security forces and federal officials have denied reports of a mass abduction on June 22 from three villages in the northeastern state of Borno. But Chibok government chairman Pogu Bitrus said he had verified that about 60 women and girls escaped last week by sending a representative to meet with some of the escapees and their families at a hospital in Lassa.
Civil patrol leader Abbas Gava in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, said he was told 63 women and girls escaped on Friday while their captors were engaged in a major attack on a military barracks and police headquarters in the town of Damboa.
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