Five Boko Haram commanders were released in exchange for the 82 Chibok girls
Boko Haram kidnapped 274 school girls in 2014, and in 2016 released a video in which some of the girls are seen pleading for help in the form of a prisoner exchange. Eighty-two of the school girls have been released in exchange for at least five Boko Haram commanders.
BREAKING: Nigerian government official says 5 Boko Haram commanders were released in exchange for the release of 82 Chibok girls.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 7, 2017
Boko Haram militants have released 82 schoolgirls out of a group of more than 200 whom they kidnapped from the northeastern town of Chibok three years ago in exchange for prisoners, the presidency said on Saturday.
. . . . Nigeria thanked Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross for helping secure the release of the 82 girls after “lengthy negotiations”, the presidency said in a statement.
. . . . A military source said the girls were brought on Sunday morning from Banki near the Cameroon border to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state where the insurgency started.
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