by Omolola Odugbesan
Borno- About 63 women and girls, believed to have been captured by militant group Boko Haram have escaped captivity after ceasing a rare opportunity during a military siege.
According to Nigerian military sources and local vigilante groups fighting the insurgents, the women and girls have returned back to their burnt village of Kummabza after being abducted last month.
The rare opportunity to escape came when Boko Haram members clashed with the Nigerian military after they attacked Dambao, a small town in Borno state. The military overpowered the insurgents leading them to reinforce their men and leaving the captured women on their own in camp.
The insurgents were said to have attacked the town with about 200 armed gunmen on Friday night killing 20 people. 50 members of the sect were also thought to have died in the fight.
Meanwhile, the police station in the town was destroyed and some some policemen were also among those killed, including the district police officer before they were confronted and drove away by the military.
Over 270 girls who were kidnapped in April from their dormitories in Chibok, also in Borno State are still missing. The kidnappings sparked international outrage and a joint military effort involving Britain and the US is still under way to find the missing school girls.