21 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram freed


CHIBOK – At least 21 of more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists in 2014 in the northern town of Chibok were released.

The Nigerian government said on Thursday that the release is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government.

The negotiations will still continue, a presidency statement said.

The presidency gave no details on the deal as it only said that the 21 girls were very tired and would first rest in the custody of the national security agency.

After this, they would be handed over to Vice President Yemi Obinsajo.

The kidnapping of 270 girls in April 2014 in a school in Chibok triggered worldwide outraged promoted by a Twitter hashtag #bringbackourgirls.

There 270 of them that were abducted. Dozens reportedly escaped but more than 200 are still missing.

In May, authorities found one of the missing girls. President Buhari vowed at that time to rescue the others.

In August, Boko Haram published a video showing recent footage of dozens of the girls. In the video, they said that some of the girls were killed in air strikes.

The jihadist group, who pledged loyalty to the militant group Islamic State, has kidnapped men, women and children. But the kidnapping of these girls brought worldwide attention to them.

Boko Haram has been fighting for seven years to create an Islamic state in the northeast of Nigeria. This led to the deaths of 15,000 people and displaced more than two million. CLM/Expat Media


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