An army spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that the 200 girls saved Tuesday “are not [the] Chikbok schoolgirls abducted last year” by Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group that continues to viciously terrorize northern Nigeria.
In April 2014, more than 250 schoolgirls were abducted in Chibok, a small village in the country’s northeastern region, and global protests of “Bring Our Girls Back” dotted news feeds for months calling for their return.
Yet despite reported efforts to rescue the band of girls in October, local officials remained skeptical during talks with Boko Haram. As violence in the region escalated, the proposed deal to return the missing schoolgirls faltered when an agreed-upon ceasefire was broken.
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