The US officials have said that they believed reports that more than 60 women and girls who were abducted by the Boko Haram sect had escaped.

It would be recalled that, the women were abducted last month from Damboa Local Government Area in Borno State but there was a concerted effort by the authorities to conceal their abduction.

A State Department official said yesterday that the US Embassy in Abuja was working with Nigerian officials to provide counseling and medical services to the escaped women and girls.

?We wish these women and girls the best as they are reunited with their families,? said the official.

These women are not part of the more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram from Chibok in Borno State last April, which sparked an outrage and the global #BringBackOurGirls campaign. All of those girls remain missing.

?The search for the kidnapped school girls from Chibok is ongoing,? said the official who reiterated that the Nigerian military remains in the lead for the search.

But the official added that the US continues to work with the Nigerian government to evaluate what additional resources America might be able to provide to support the search efforts.

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