Thursday, October 13, 2016

21 Chibok schoolgirls freed from Boko Haram

A total of 21 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls were freed on Thursday, Nigerian government sources told EFE.

The teenagers, captured by the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram in April 2014 were freed and were in the custody of the state's security service, said presidential spokesman Mallam Garba Shehu.

"The release of the girls, in a limited number is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government," he posted on his official Twitter account, adding that the negotiations were ongoing.

Director of the state security services Lawal Musa Daura said the girls would rest before meeting with vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

In August, the terrorists posted a video online showing girls allegedly belonging to the group of kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.

It intended to demonstrate that a majority of the 276 girls remained captive.

A few days later, President Muhammadu Buhari said he was willing to negotiate a prisoner exchange with Boko Haram.

For now, 218 remain captive, after some managed to escape or were rescued by Nigerian security forces.

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