Army: 2nd Schoolgirl Rescued From Boko Haram

'Husband' of first escapee is being interrogated
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2016 4:01 AM CDT
Army: 2nd Schoolgirl Rescued From Boko Haram
Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, second from right, meets rescued schoolgirl Amina Ali Nkeki at the presidential palace.   (AP Photo/Azeez Akunleyan)

The families of hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram two years ago have been given fresh hope by what the Nigerian military says is another rescue. A military spokesman says that "Miss Serah Luka, who is number 157 on the list of the abducted schoolgirls," was among 97 women and children rescued in a raid that killed at least 35 militants, reports the BBC, although a spokesman for the families of the girls kidnapped in the town of Chibok denies that she is on the list. The military says Luka, a pastor's daughter who joined the Chibok school just two months before the mass kidnapping, is receiving medical treatment, the Guardian reports.

On Tuesday, the military announced that it had rescued missing schoolgirl Amina Ali Nkeki from the militants. Since then, she has met with President Muhammadu Buhari and so many other dignitaries that critics are accusing the government of putting a traumatized girl on parade in an effort to score political points. Nkeki was found by vigilantes in the Sambisa Forest after she ran away from a Boko Haram camp with a 4-month-old baby and a man she said was her husband. But while she was meeting the president, the husband was being interrogated as a suspected Boko Haram fighter, CNN reports. Some 217 schoolgirls are still missing, and Nkeki has reportedly said that they are all still in forest camps, apart from six killed in a recent attack. (More Nigeria stories.)

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