A security source in Nigerian says at least more than 60 girls and women kidnapped by Boko Haram have escaped their captors.
The women who escaped had been abducted from Kummabza village in late June. The women managed to regain their freedom as their captors mobilised out of their hideout to attack military and police formations in Damboa Local Government Area, Borno State, on Friday night and Saturday morning, according to security sources.
Officials of the Borno State vigilante group were the first to hint journalists in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, about the escape.
“I have just received an alert from my colleagues in Damboa area that about 63 of the abducted women and girls had made it back home. They took the bold step when their abductors moved out to carry out an operation”, said Abbas Gava, an official of the Vigilante group.
“We don’t have the details of their escape yet, but we believe God gave them the opportunity at the time the insurgents came in their large numbers to attack Damboa where about 12 soldiers, five policemen, over 50 Boko Haram members and unspecified number of civilians were killed yesterday “.
Boko Haram is still holding more than 200 schoolgirls abducted about two months ago from a school in Chibok.