Breaking News: Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev will seek a new trial

63 women and girls escape from Boko Haram

A vigilante fighting Boko Haram in Maiduguri, Nigeria, has reported the successful escape of 63 women and girls abducted by Boko Haram in June.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   July 7, 2014 at 11:18 AM
| License Photo

ABUJA, Nigeria, July 7 (UPI) -- 63 women and girls abducted by Boko Haram last month have escaped, according to a vigilante in Maiduguri.

The vigilante, Bukar Kyari, told CNN the captives escaped the camp while the militants were in nearby Damboa launching an attack. "The women seized that rare opportunity to escape when they realized they were alone in the camp."

The women, in addition to five others who are not yet accounted for, were kidnapped by Boko Haram from the Kummabza village in northern Borno state on June 18.

Boko Haram made international headlines in April when the group abducted more than 200 girls from their boarding school in northern Nigeria. The group is still believed to be holding the schoolgirls captive.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Kim Jong Un had terrapin farm manager executed, says source
More than 80 percent of North Korean defectors are women, says report
Burt's Bees co-founder Burt Shavitz dies at 80
North Korea requests medical aid from U.N. agencies
Encroaching sea levels endanger Pakistan's Indus Delta