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One Chibok schoolgirl rescued from Boko Haram in Nigeria

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MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA — The first of the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria’s Chibok over two years back has been found and has met with her mom, officials said, raising hopes for those still being held.

Amina Ali was found on Tuesday in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno state, and was brought back to her home town of Mbalala, near Chibok.

The head of the Abducted Chibok Girls Parents’ group, Yakubu Nkeki, said the teenager who was 17 when she was abducted, was brought to his house where she was reunited with her mother.

“When her mother approached the car the girl stepped out and her mother exclaimed, ‘Amina! Is that you?’,” local community leader Ayuba Alamson Chibok said.

“They ran towards each other and hugged. The mother burst into tears.”

Soldiers working together with a civilian vigilante group rescued the teenage girl and her four-month-old baby in the remote north-east of Nigeria, army spokesman Sani Usman said.

They also detained a “suspected Boko Haram terrorist” called Mohammed Hayatu who claimed to be the girl’s husband, Mr Usman added.

“Preliminary investigation shows that she is indeed one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on 14th April 2014 in Chibok,” Mr Usman said in a statement.

Activists quoted her saying that her schoolmates were still in the Sambisa Forest, Boko Haram’s biggest stronghold.

Community leader Hoses Tsambido also quoted her as saying that “six were already dead”.

Boko Haram captured a total of 276 girls from their school in Chibok in April 2014 as part of a seven-year insurgency to set up an Islamic state in the north which has killed some 15,000 people and displaced more than 2 million.

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Dozens of the girls escaped in the initial melee in 2014 but 218 remained unaccounted for.

Nothing had been heard from the 219 since a video published by the Islamists in May 2014, until an apparent “proof of life” message was sent to the Nigerian Government earlier this year.

Parents had accused former president Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s leader at the time of the mass kidnap, of not doing enough to track them down and bring them home.

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Israeli fighter jets strike Gaza after blast wounds four soldiers

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GAZA CITY — Israeli fighter jets struck the Gaza Strip on Saturday after four soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device blew up along the border with the Palestinian enclave.

The explosion earlier Saturday, which left two of the Israeli soldiers severely injured, was one of the most serious incidents on the border of the Hamas-ruled enclave since the Islamist movement and Israel fought a war in 2014.

In response Israel’s army said “fighter jets targeted six military targets in Gaza belonging to Hamas, including: a terror tunnel in the Zaytun area and military compounds near Deir el-Balah and Khan Yunis”.

The army then reported a “launch was identified from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory”.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a security conference in Munich called the Gaza border incident “very serious” and pledged to ‘respond appropriately’.

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A Palestinian security source said the Israeli air strikes hit three bases belonging to Hamas in the east of the blockaded Gaza enclave.

Two Palestinians were injured in the raids, Palestinian medical sources said.

Earlier in the day the army said “two soldiers were severely wounded, one moderately and one slightly” when an improvised explosive device blew up along the border fence with Gaza.

None of the soldiers’ lives were in danger, a spokesman clarified.

In response Israeli forces said a tank quickly opened fire at an “observation post” in southern Gaza, causing no injuries on the Palestinian side.

Palestinian security sources said the explosion took place east of the city of Khan Yunis.

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