Nigerian Army Rescues Girls School Attacked By Boko Haram Insurgents
About 100 children were believed to be missing after pupils and teachers fled into bush outside the town of Dapchi during the attack.
Parents told the BBC they had seen girls being taken away in trucks.
The attack comes four years after Boko Haram kidnapped more than 270 girls from a school in the town of Chibok.
In a statement, the Yobe state government said an unspecified number of girls had been rescued from the “terrorists who abducted them” and were now with the army.
The army issued statement about the girls through the army spokesman,
The Yobe State Government hereby informs the public that some of the girls at Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) whose school was attacked by Boko Haram terrorists last Monday have been rescued by gallant officers and men of the Nigerian Army from the terrorists who abducted them.
The rescued girls are now in the custody of the Nigerian Army.
We will provide more details about their number and condition in due course.
His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, who is very grateful for the gallantry and hard work of the officers and men of the Nigerian Army involved in the operation, is monitoring the situation closely and will make a statement in due course.
Reuters news agency quoted parents and a government official as saying that 76 girls had been rescued and at least 13 were still missing
Two girls had been found dead, Reuters said, without specifying how they had died.
Yobe state officials had previously said there was no information to suggest any of the girls had been kidnapped.
Dapchi is about 275km (170 miles) north-west of Chibok.
The jihadists entered the town firing guns and letting off explosives, causing students and teachers to flee into the surrounding bush.
Residents say that Nigeria’s security forces – backed by military jets – later repelled the attack.
Locals living near the school told the BBC that many of the girls who had fled had been found after hiding in surrounding villages – some up to 30km away.
Yobe’s police minister said that 815 of the school’s 926 students had later returned to the school.
The minister was speaking before news that more girls had been rescued by the military.
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