First missing girl abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 found in Nigeria

Published May 18th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
A file photo of Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. (AFP/File)
A file photo of Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. (AFP/File)

The first of more than 200 young women abducted two years ago by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram from north-eastern Nigeria's Chibok village has been found in Borno State.

Falmata Mbalala was found Tuesday in Baale Village near the town of Damboa, only a few kilometres from where she was kidnapped in 2014, according to army spokesman Sani Usman. She is believed to have escaped from nearby Sambisa Forest, where Boko Haram is known to have secret camps.

The girl was found by a vigilante group, who handed her over to the military, Allen Manasseh, a spokesman of the Chibok community told dpa on Wednesday. Her parents as well as the vice principal of the school in Chibok, from which Mbalala was abducted, identified her, Manasseh added.

Mbalala remained in military custody on Wednesday for further questioning, according to the Chibok spokesman. 

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