The Nigerian army announced on Thursday that soldiers rescued a second young woman believed to be among the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted two years ago by the Islamic insurgent group Boko Haram, Reuters reports.
An army spokesman told Reuters that Serah Luka was with a group of 97 women and children liberated in a military assault against the jihadist militants.
News of the second rescue in one week sparked hope that the army would soon rescue more victims. But on Friday, an activist group said it has doubts about Serah’s identity, reports the Daily Mail.
Yakubu Nkeki, head of the Abducted Chibok Girls Parents group, gave this statement to AFP, via the Daily Mail: “I can say in my capacity as the head of the Chibok Abducted Girls Parents group that this girl is not among the abducted Chibok girls.”
According to the Daily Mail, Nkeki said the Nigerian army contacted his organization to confirm the identity of the first rescued girl, but not the second. Boko Haram may have abducted Serah, but she is not one of the still missing 219 Chibok girls, he explained.
Reuters reported that the first girl to be rescued fled the militants’ camp during an army attack and was found by soldiers and a local vigilante group on Tuesday. Amina Ali Darsha Nkeki’s identity was confirmed as one of the Chibok girls. She was found with a 4-month-old baby and a man she said is her husband—a suspected Boko Haram militant. She met days later with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
Back in April 2014, Boko Haram abducted 276 schoolgirls in a raid on Chibok, located in Northern Nigeria. Some of the girls escaped during the initial hours of their capture.