Nigeria: Boko Haram releases 82 of the female students kidnapped in Chibok It was reported by the government. The girls are in Banki, waiting to be transferred in Maiduguri. They were seized in 2014

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82 of 250 Nigerian students kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok in 2014 return home. According to a notice of the Government reported by the local press the release is the fruit of intense long negotiations between the group of Islamic fundamentalist and the federal government. Waiting to be transported by air to Maiduguri, the capital of the federal state of Borno, the girls were in Banki, Nigerian location on the border with Cameroon, where their health condition have been checked.

Accordingly to the statement of the government of Abuja, the liberation of the girls, all high-school girls kidnapped with force just over three years ago from their school by jihadists militiamen, happened close to the border between Nigeria and Cameroon, the country in which Boko Haram made numerous bases after repeated defeats due to the attacks launched by the army of President Muhammadu Buhari, Muslim who has made the fight against Islamic fundamentalism, one of the strengths of its government.

The students who were kidnapped on 14 April 2014 while they were at school in the city of Chibok, in the north-east of the country, are 276. Only a fifty of the girls that at that time where in the school managed to escape. Several dozen were then freed in groups in these years, but never so many like this time. So far in the hands of the Boko Haram there were still 195 girls kept prisoners.

The tragedy originated of a worldwide movement which called for the liberation of the girls and was called “Bring Back Our Girls“. The Nigerian organization that represents the families of the girls in the night twitted that “big are the hopes with regard to the number of young girls released. We hope that the highest number may be the real one and that it is confirmed”. Some media sources have reported that only 50 students have regained freedom. From the time they started their jihad against the government of Abuja the Boko Haram have killed more than 20,000 people and forced more than 2 million people to abandon their villages.

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