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Nigerian army says it has regained Chibok, town where schoolgirls were kidnapped 6 months ago

  • FILE-In this file photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, a man poses with a sign in front of police officers in riot gear during a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped girls of the government secondary school in Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria. The Nigerian army has regained control of Chibok, the northeastern town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamic extremists more than six months ago, said army officials. The army wrested back control of Chibok from the Islamic militants of Boko Haram on Saturday,  Nov. 15, 2014,  Nigerian army spokesman Brigadier General Olajide Olaleye told the Associated Press. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga, File)

    FILE-In this file photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, a man poses with a sign in front of police officers in riot gear during a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped girls of the government secondary school in Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria. The Nigerian army has regained control of Chibok, the northeastern town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamic extremists more than six months ago, said army officials. The army wrested back control of Chibok from the Islamic militants of Boko Haram on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, Nigerian army spokesman Brigadier General Olajide Olaleye told the Associated Press. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Map locates liberated Nigerian town of Chibok and other towns under the control of Boko Haram. 2c x 4 inches; staff; ETA 11:15 a.m. ; 1c x 4 inches; 46.5 mm x 101 mm;

    Map locates liberated Nigerian town of Chibok and other towns under the control of Boko Haram. 2c x 4 inches; staff; ETA 11:15 a.m. ; 1c x 4 inches; 46.5 mm x 101 mm;  (The Associated Press)

The Nigerian army says it has regained control of Chibok, the northeastern town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamic extremists more than six months ago.

Chibok was seized by the militants Thursday but the army says it dislodged them on Saturday.

Nigerian army spokesman Brigadier General Olajide Olaleye told the Associated Press that Chibok is firmly in the hands of the Nigerian army. He said there are no insurgents left in Chibok and he encouraged residents to return to their homes.