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Nigerian military: 100+ kidnapped students free

AP  |  Maiduguri 

Nigeria's military says all but eight of 129 female students kidnapped from a northeastern school by Islamic militants are free.

Maj Gen Chris Olukolade says one of the kidnappers has been captured. Without giving details he says "the others have been freed this evening."

The government said security forces were in hot pursuit of militants who abducted more than 100 girls at a high school early Tuesday.

The governor of Borno state said at least 14 freed themselves: four of the students aged between 16 and 18 jumped off the back of a truck and 10 escaped into the bush when the extremists asked them to cook and were not paying attention.

The abductions came hours after an explosion blamed on extremists killed 75 people in Nigeria's capital.

First Published: Thu, April 17 2014. 07:19 IST