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14 more Nigerian schoolgirls escape Boko Haram extremists: Official

Published on Apr 19, 2014 5:39 PM

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AFP) - Another 14 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast have escaped, leaving 85 missing on Saturday after an attack that has sparked global outrage, an official said.

The unprecedented mass abduction of 129 teenage girls from the Chibok area of Borno state has been described as among the most shocking ever by Boko Haram, an extremist group blamed for killing thousands since 2009.

"I am glad to say that 14 more students have escaped from their abductors," Borno's education commissioner Inua Kubo told journalists.

"With this development, we have 44 out of our 129 students."

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