Nigeria: 2nd Chibok Girl Rescued Was Not Taken From School

ICC Note: Reports from Nigeria confirm that Serah Luka, the second of two suspected Chibok girls rescued last week was, in fact, not one of the original number abducted in April 2014 when Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls, prompting global outrage. Instead, the militant Islamist terror group later captured the girl when they overtook her home town of Madagali. Luka had been enrolled at the Chibok school, according to reports, but was not present during the mass abduction. Amina Ali Nkeki was the first of the Chibok girls rescued last week after two years with no word of the girls' whereabouts.

5/23/16 Nigeria (Yahoo! News) - A second "Chibok girl" rescued by Nigeria's military in a forest battle with Islamic extremists was kidnapped from her home village and is not among 218 students missing from the 2014 mass abduction by Boko Haram that sparked worldwide outrage.

The girl is one of three daughters of a pastor of the Nigerian branch of the U.S.-based Church of the Brethren, kidnapped by Boko Haram in two separate attacks, community leader Pogu Bitrus told The Associated Press. It's an indication of how widespread and ubiquitous are the Islamic extremists' tactic of kidnapping girls and young women used as sex slaves and boys and young men forced to join their fight to create an Islamic caliphate.

Army spokesman Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman said soldiers freed the girl after a Thursday night battle in the northeastern Sambisa Forest in which it liberated 97 women and children and killed 35 extremists. He claimed she was among missing girls abducted more than two years ago from a boarding school in Chibok.

Bitrus said the girl, believed to be about 15 when she was seized, was a student at the same school but was home on vacation at the time of the mass kidnapping. She was later snatched from her village of Madagali, near the town of Chibok, he said, but did not know when exactly.


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