Four of the more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted last month from a village school by the Boko Haram insurgent group have escaped their captors, according to a local official, Nigerian newspaper reports.
The Premium Times earlier quoted Lawan as saying that the girls had been freed after becoming ill. The Times initially reported the release on Twitter.
An unidentified senior official in Borno state official told Reuters, however, that the four girls fled “a little after the initial escapes” of 53 others, “but we doubt it was a recent escape.”
The four have been reunited with their families, which did not contact the government, he added. …
Nigeria Chief of Defense Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh said Tuesday that. officials know the whereabouts of the abducted girls.
“The good news for the parents of the girls is that we know where they are, but we cannot tell you,” he said on Radio Nigeria. “We want out girls back, I can tell you that our military can and will do it. But we can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.”