60 Nigerian Girls Escaped Boko Haram, Officials Say

More than 200 girls abducted in April remain missing.

Posted: 07/07/2014 10:55 AM EDT
60 Nigerian Girls Escaped Boko Haram, Officials Say

More than 60 Nigerian girls and women have escaped the captivity of Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, officials say, according to the Associated Press. More than 200 girls remain missing since April.

The girls and women escaped on Thursday and Friday, Chibok government chairman Pogu Bitrus verified. A government representative met with the families. While captors were engaged in an attack in Damboa town, the girls fled, a vigilante leader Abbas Gava reported. 

Nigerian security forces and federal government have denied recent reports that 90 people, including 30 boys, were kidnapped from three villages on June 22. The Kiubaku Area Development Association, a local organization in Chibok, reports that more than 229 people were killed and 100 wounded since the April 15 abductions.

Vigilante soldiers remain the main protection against attacks from Boko Haram, according to the association. 

"Security and defense is mainly provided by the local vigilante (who are ill-equipped) and the police while the soldiers in Chibok sit by and watch villagers being helplessly massacred in their homes, farms and in places of worship," the association said in a statement.

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