More than 60 women, girls escape Islamist abductors in Nigeria

Boko Haram fighters kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in 2014 as they were preparing for end-of-year exams in the remote northeastern town of Chibok (AFP Photo/Ho) (Boko Haram/AFP/File)

Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) - More than 60 women and girls abducted last month by suspected Boko Haram militants northeast Nigeria have escaped their captors, sources said Sunday.

Local vigilante Abbas Gava said he had "received an alert from my colleagues ... that about 63 of the abducted women and girls had made it back home". A high-level security source in Borno state capital Maiduguri, who requested anonymity, confirmed the escape.