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Seventy-Six Girls Have Been Reportedly Rescued From Boko Haram By Nigerian Army

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For years, Nigerian armies and global campaigns have fought to rescue girls kidnapped from school by extremist group Boko Haram.  February 21 reports indicate that 76 schoolgirls had been recovered along with the bodies of two others following a Boko Haram attack.

Reuters reports Boko Haram entered Dapchi, February 19, where they attacked the achool with violent gunfire, sending students and teachers running. It is reported that 91 people were missing following the ordeal. Nigerian officials initially denied reports of the kidnapping yet the government continued to release a statement, claiming some of the children had been rescued.

From this attack, at least thirteen girls may still be missing and the two fatalities have yet to be figured out.   The community is celebratory of the rescue however some remain fearful of the potential of more attacks. The country still has not fully revcovered from the 2014 Boko Haram attack where over 270 schoolgirls were abducted from Chibok, garnering international attention launching the campaign #BringBackOurGirls.

Since Boko Haram began to cause terror in 2009, over 20,000 people have been killed and 2 million forced to abandon their homes.  Around 100 girls from the 2014 attack are possibly still held in captivity. There are reports that Boko Haram have taken thousands of adults and children.

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