Following a suspected Boko Haram attack on a school in northeast Nigeria, some of the missing schoolgirls have been found, according to a government official and a senior military source.

Police said yesterday that 111 girls from the state-run boarding school in Dapchi, in Yobe state, were unaccounted for following an attack by the armed group on Monday night.

Abdullahi Bego, spokesman for Yobe Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, said late on Wednesday that “some of the girls … have been rescued by gallant officers and men of the Nigerian Army from the terrorists who abducted them”.

He added: “The rescued girls are now in the custody of the Nigerian army.”

According to Al Jazeera News, Bego’s statement was the first confirmation that the girls were abducted.

Initially, the students were reported to have fled the attack with their teachers at the sound of gunfire.

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