More than 60 females escape from abductors in Nigeria

LAGOS, July 7 (Xinhua) — More than 60 women and girls kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants two weeks ago have escaped from their abductors, local media reported Monday.

About 63 of the abducted women and girls had made it back home when their warders dozed off, local vigilante Abbas Gava was quoted as saying.

However, more than 200 school girls abducted by Boko Haram in April remained captive.

At least 56 people were killed in a deadly clash on Friday between security forces and the Boko Haram sect in the northeast Nigerian city of Damboa in Borno State, defense spokesman Chris Olukolade said late Sunday.

Over 50 rebels died after troops repelled a daring attack by the sect, which stormed the troops’ bases and police locations while most of the troops were out on patrol of surrounding villages.

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