Boko Haram frees 21 ab­ducted school­girls

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

MAIDUGURI (AP): TWENTY-ONE OF Nige­ria’s Chi­bok school­girls kid­napped by Boko Haram more than two years ago have been freed in a swap for de­tained lead­ers of the Is­lamic ex­trem­ist group, the gov­ern­ment and mil­i­tary said yes­ter­day.

Some 197 girls re­main cap­tive, though it is not known how many of them may have died.

The freed girls, the first to be re­leased as a re­sult of gov­ern­ment ac­tion, are in the cus­tody of the Depart­ment of State Ser­vices, Nige­ria’s se­cret in­tel­li­gence agency, ac­cord­ing to pres­i­den­tial spokesman Garba Shehu.

The gov­ern­ment “wants the girls to have some rest, with all of them very tired com­ing out of the process,” Shehu said.


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