facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Nigerian military announces rescue of abducted Nigerian school girls

The Nigerian military reported that 121 of the 129 school girls abducted earlier in the week by Islamist militant group Boko Haram "have been freed." The Nigerian military is searching for the eight girls still missing.
By JC Finley   |   April 16, 2014 at 6:05 PM   |   Comments

ABUJA, Nigeria, April 16 (UPI) -- The Nigeria military announced Wednesday that 121 Nigerian girls abducted from their school in northeastern Nigeria earlier in the week by Islamist militant group Boko Haram "have been freed."

Eight girls remain missing.

Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade reported that one of the alleged kidnappers had been captured and that a search and rescue mission was underway to "ensure the safety of the remaining students."

There was no further information regarding the circumstances of the girls' release and their conditions were not known.

Initial reports indicated that 200 school girls had been kidnapped.

Earlier Wednesday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement condemning "the shocking mass abduction" and expressed alarm "about the increasing frequency and brutality of attacks against educational institutions in the north of the country."

"The targeting of schools and school children is a grave violation of international humanitarian law. Schools are, and must remain, safe places where children can learn and grow in peace."

[CNN]
[United Nations]

Follow @OneCuriousWorld and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
Topics: Ban Ki
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S. Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S.
2
Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone
3
Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit' Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit'
4
Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house
5
Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback