Another of the more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in the northern Nigerian city of Chibok has been found wondering around the terror group’s stronghold of Sambisa Forest, says a military spokesperson.
Troops found Rakiya Abubkar with her six-month-old baby and took her to safety whiles investigating a suspected militant.
Other girls have escaped the group and at least 20 were released in a Red Cross brokered deal. More than 200 still remain in captivity.
More than 20,000 people have been killed and two million more displaced since the insurgency started seven years ago. Boko Haram, the ISIS affiliate in Western Africa is seeking to establish an Islamic Caliphate with strict Sharia law to govern the region.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says Boko Haram fighters are “on the run” after army seizes their “last enclave of Sambisa Forest” in Borno State.
In 2015, Buhari and the Nigerian army said that Boko Haram was technically defeated and that they did not have the capacity to launch an attack or hold territory in northeast Nigeria.
The end of the rainy season saw an emboldened Boko Haram trying to attack military convoys, isolated villages and launching more suicide attacks, especially in Borno.
Boko Haram is denying the claim that they are defeated yet again and experts say Nigeria’s army claiming Boko Haram defeat over Sambisa Forest offensive may be “premature.”