Nigerian army rescues second Chibok girl

May 20, 2016, 4:46 AM EDT
A girl who escaped Boko Haram abduction in 2014
(Source: Hudson Institute/flickr)

The Nigerian army claimed to have rescued another of the 219 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants from the town of Chibok two years ago. Ninety-six other women and children were freed after security forces launched a massive operation against Boko Haram in the northeastern Borno State.

Spokesman Col. Sani Usman said that 35 militants were killed in the offensive and a huge cache of arms and ammunition was seized, writes the BBC.  He added that Serah Luka, the second Chibok girl to be rescued within a span of two days, hailed from the northeastern town of Madagali.

With the military advancing into the forests, the remaining Chibok girls are expected to be recovered soon, said the governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, reports Reuters. Previously, security forces have attempted similar operations in Sambisa Forest, a Boko Haram stronghold, but struggled to wipe out militants who strike with deadly mines and other booby traps.

Earlier on Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari met Amina Ali Darsha Nkeki, a Chibok girl who was rescued two days ago, writes the BBC. While expressing “deep sadness” over the plight of abducted girls, Buhari said he was glad that Amina was back and could resume her education.