Ni­ge­ria con­firms re­lea­se of 21 girls kid­nap­ped in Chi­bok by Bo­ko Ha­ram

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

NI­GE­RIA - Bo­ko Ha­ram Is­la­mist ha­ve re­lea­sed 21 of mo­re than 200 girls kid­nap­ped by Bo­ko Ha­ram Isla­mists in 2014 in the nor­thern town of Chi­bok, the Ni­ge­ri­an govern­ment said yes­ter­day.

“The re­lea­se of the girls ... is the out­co­me of ne­go­ti­a­ti­ons bet­ween the ad­mi­ni­stra­ti­on and the Bo­ko Ha­ram bro­ke­red by the In­ter­na­ti­o­nal Red Cross and the Swiss govern­ment,” a pre­si­d­en­cy sta­te­ment said. “The ne­go­ti­a­ti­ons will con­ti­nue.” Around 270 girls we­re ta­ken from their school in Chi­bok in April 2014. Do­zens es­ca­ped in the ini­ti­al me­lee, but mo­re than 200 are still mis­sing. The kid­nap­ping trig­ge­red world­wi­de ou­t­ra­ge pro­mo­t­ed by a Twit­ter hashtag #bringbackourgirls. The pre­si­d­en­cy ga­ve no de­tails on the deal, saying on­ly that the 21 girls we­re very ti­red and would first rest in the cus­to­dy of the na­ti­o­nal se­cu­ri­ty ag­en­cy. Af­ter­wards the girls would be hand­ed over to Vi­ce Pre­si­dent Ye­mi Obin­sa­jo, the sta­te­ment said. Pre­si­dent Mu­ham­ma­du Bu­ha­ri will tra­vel to Ger­ma­ny. Au­tho­ri­ties said in May that one of the mis­sing girls had been found and Pre­si­dent Mu­ham­ma­du Bu­ha­ri vo­wed to res­cue the others.

Bo­ko Ha­ram’s seven-year in­sur­g­en­cy to cre­a­te an Isla­mic sta­te in the nor­the­ast has led to the de­a­ths of 15,000 pe­o­p­le and dis­pla­ced mo­re than two mil­li­on. The Ni­ge­ri­an mi­li­ta­ry has been car­rying out a lar­ge­sca­le of­fen­si­ve in the Sam­bi­sa fo­rest, Bo­ko Ha­ram’s strong­hold, in the last few days. The ji­ha­dist group, which last year pled­ged loy­al­ty to the mi­li­tant group Isla­mic Sta­te, con­trol­led a swa­the of land around the si­ze of Bel­gi­um at the start of 2015. But un­der Ni­ge­ria’s ar­my, ai­ded by troops from neigh­bo­ring coun­tries, has re­cap­tu­red most of the ter­ri­to­ry that had been lost. The group still sta­ges sui­ci­de bom­bings in the nor­the­ast, as well as in neigh­bo­ring Ni­ger and Ca­meroon. (Reuters.com)

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