Boko Haram ‘re­leases 21 Chi­bok girls’

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TWENTY-ONE of the more than 200 Nige­rian girls kid­napped from a school in Chi­bok by Boko Haram fight­ers in 2014 have been re­leased, ac­cord­ing to Nigeria’s pres­i­dency.

The re­lease fol­lowed ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Nigeria’s gov­ern­ment and Boko Haram bro­kered by Red Cross and Swiss gov­ern­ment, a spokesman for the country’s pres­i­dent said yes­ter­day.

“It is con­firmed that 21 of the miss­ing Chi­bok girls have been re­leased and are in the cus­tody of the depart­ment of state ser­vices,” pres­i­den­tial spokesman Garba Shehu said in a state­ment.

“The re­lease of the girls . . . is an out­come of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the ad­min­is­tra­tion and the Boko Haram bro­kered by the In­ter­na­tional Red Cross and the Swiss gov­ern­ment,” Shehu said. “The ne­go­ti­a­tions will con­tinue.” The girls were ex­changed for four Boko Haram pris­on­ers in Banki in north­east Nigeria, AFP news agency said quot­ing a lo­cal source.

The iden­tity of the girls has yet to be con­firmed, said Bring Back Our Girls cam­paigner Aisha Ye­sufu.

“We can­not con­firm any­thing yet,” Ye­sufu said. — Reuters

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