Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Tens of thousands bid farewell to Morgan Tsvangirai

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Afrin: 'a war without images'

Read more

THE DEBATE

Syria on the Brink: Can Assad help the Kurds against Turkish forces?

Read more

FOCUS

Inside the murky business of cobalt mining in DR Congo

Read more

ENCORE!

100% Pure Parisian: Comedian Julie Collas helps locals laugh at themselves

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Chinese textile wholesalers open Marseille site

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Meet Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: Angela Merkel's 'mini-me'

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Major French student union rocked by sexual assault claims

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Photographer Pete Souza shares his ‘portrait’ of Obama

Read more

Africa

Four more abducted schoolgirls escape Boko Haram

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-05-28

Four more girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in April have escaped their captors, the education commissioner for Borno state said on Wednesday.

The girls were taking exams at a secondary school in the remote northeastern village of Chibok on April 14 when Islamist gunmen surrounded the school, loaded 276 of the girls – who are between 12 and 17 years old – onto trucks and carted them off.

Fifty-three girls escaped shortly afterwards. The escape of the four girls means 219 are still being held hostage.

Education Commissioner Musa Inuwa declined to give further details of the escape.

The girls’ abduction has shone an international spotlight on the the militants, whose violent struggle for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria has killed thousands and turned them into the biggest threat to security in Africa’s top oil-producing state.

Boko Haram means “Western education is a sin” in the northern Hausa language and the militants have been known to target schools.

Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh said on Tuesday the military knew where the abducted girls were but ruled out a rescue by force for fear of endangering them.

Many Nigerian officials and civilians think launching a raid to rescue them would run the risk that the girls would be killed by their captors.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

 

Date created : 2014-05-28

  • TIMELINE

    Boko Haram's deadly insurgency: A legacy of attacks

    Read more

  • NIGERIA

    Boko Haram launches deadly attack on Nigerian military base

    Read more

  • NIGERIA

    ‘We know where the missing girls are,’ Nigerian army says

    Read more

COMMENT(S)