The Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram has returned 76 of the 110 girls abducted from a Government Girls Science and Technical College,Dapchi last month, witnesses said, but it came with a warning: “Don’t ever put your daughters in school again.”
The militants rolled into Dapchi, Nigeria, around 2 a.m. in nine vehicles and the girls were left in the center of town, witnesses said.
Ba’ana Musa, a resident, told the Associated Press that extremists said, “This is a warning to all of you.”
Extremists reportedly told residents they “did it out of pity.” Family members were en route into town Wednesday morning.
“When I get there we will do a head count to see if all of them have been released,” said Bashir Manzo, whose 16-year-old daughter was among those kidnapped Feb. 19.
Manzo confirmed to the Associated Press that his daughter was among those freed.
Boko Haram horrified the world when it abducted 276 girls from a boarding school in Chibok more than four years ago. While some escaped and many others were released as part of negotiations, about 100 remain with their captors.
Their release comes a day after an Amnesty International report accused the Nigerian military of failing to heed several warnings of the imminent attack last month. The military has called the report an “outright falsehood.”
Nigeria’s government celebrated the girls’ release. “GREAT NEWS from Dapchi, Yobe State. Thank God for the safe return of our sisters. Alhamdulillah!” an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, said on Twitter.