Report: 60 women, girls escape from Boko Haram

Approximately 60 women and children abducted by Islamic extremists in Nigeria have escaped, sources told Agence France-Presse late Sunday.  


A vigilante told the news service that he had heard from colleagues who said the women and children, who were captured by Boko Haram last month, “had it made it back home.”

A high-level security source confirmed the escape, AFP reported.

More than 60 women and girls and 31 schoolboys were reported missing after a three-day siege in June in the northern part of the country.

Boko Haram, whose name loosely translates to “Western education is sin,” also snatched more than 250 girls from a state-owned school in northern Nigeria in April.

President Obama in May ordered a team of U.S. military, law enforcement and hostage-negotiation advisers to Nigeria's capital to help with the search for the missing youths. He has also committed 80 American troops to the neighboring country of Chad.

The House last month overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning the abduction of Nigerian female students by the terrorist group.