It seems that most of the 100 plus schoolgirls who were captured by Islamic jihadists after an attack on a school may have been set free in what appears to be a counter attack by Nigerian military forces.
The Australian broadcaster ABC has said:
“More than 100 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted this week by Boko Haram militants have been freed.
It is still not clear how the girls were released, but Nigeria’s military says one of the men involved in the girls’ abduction from the Chibok government secondary school in north-east Borno state, has been captured.
Major General Chris Olukolade says a search-and-rescue operation is ongoing to “ensure the safety of the remaining students”.
“With this development, the principal of the school has confirmed that only eight of the students are still missing,” he said in a statement.
He did not specify exactly how many of the girls snatched from their school by the anti-education Islamist movement had been rescued.
An earlier statement from the military had put the total number of students kidnapped from Chibok at 129, and said pursuing troops were “closing in” on the abductors’ hideout.
A spokesman for Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Aabati, told Reuters he had been informed some of the kidnapped girls had been freed but could not specify how many.
The mass abduction of schoolgirls aged between 15 and 18 has shocked Nigeria and showed how the Boko Haram insurgency has brought lawlessness to swathes of the arid, poor north east, killing hundreds of people in recent months.
It occurred the same day a bomb blast, also blamed on Boko Haram, killed 75 people on the edge of the capital Abuja, stirring fears of violence spreading from the north of Africa’s leading oil producer and most populous nation.”
Lets hope that all those girls who have been released and released without harm. We must also pray that those who are still being held captive by Boko Haram Jihadists are also safe and well and will be released soon.
Original story from ABC