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Jul 7, 2014 11:39 AM by Associated Press

63 abducted women and girls escape extremists in Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) - Dozens of Nigerian girls who were abducted by an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria two weeks ago have managed to escape. But more than 200 schoolgirls who were abducted by the same group in April are still missing.

Officials say the girls who have escaped from Boko Haram were abducted from three villages in the northeastern state of Borno on June 22.

Nigerian security forces and federal government officials had been denying that the abductions even took place.

Local government officials in the northeast say 63 women and girls escaped Thursday and Friday while their captors were engaged in battle with Nigerian soldiers.

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