Still searching

Despite ‘final’ defeat of Boko Haram, 200 Chibok girls remain missing

One of the 21 Chibok school girls released by Boko Haram carries her baby during their visit to meet President Muhammadu Buhari In Abuja, Nigeria October 19, 2016. (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

Despite the Nigerian army’s victory over Boko Haram in the sprawling Sambisa Forest that served as the terror group’s stronghold, army officials said that 200 of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls taken by Boko Haram in April 2014 remain missing.

“We are still searching for our dear daughters,” said Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, the army commander. “As I speak to you now, we’ve not been able to make contact with them because the insurgents are running away with the girls. We are still trailing them.”

The defeat of Boko Haram, added Ezugwu, “is final.”

Nearly 15,000 civilians have been killed since Boko Haram began its campaign for an Islamic state in 1999. 21 of the Chibok girls were released after negotiations with the terror group in October. Parents and relatives of the girls have raised questions about their treatment by their government, claiming that the girls were prevented by Nigerian officials from spending Christmas at home with their families.

Read the full story at Al Jazeera.

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