Nigeria said 82 more girls were freed by the Boko Haram Islamist militant group out of the hundreds abducted from a school dormitory more than three years ago.
“After lengthy negotiations, our security agencies have taken back these girls in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the authorities,” Garba Shehu, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, said in a statement posted on the presidency Twitter account late Saturday. The girls will be received by the Nigerian president in Abuja, the capital, on Sunday, according to the statement.
At least 276 girls were seized by the militants from their school dormitories on April 14, 2014. The group freed 21 of the girls in October.
Boko Haram has carried out a violent campaign since 2009 to impose its version of Islamic rule in Africa’s most populous country. Its attacks have left tens of thousands of people dead and spilled into Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.
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