Boko Haram frees 21 Chibok girls, raising hope for others

The Nigerian government said in September it was committed to rescuing the 218 Chibok girls still held captive by Boko HaramJihadist group Boko Haram has freed 21 of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped more than two years ago, raising hopes for the release of the others, officials said Thursday. Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met with the freed girls in Abuja and expressed joy over their release. Local sources said their release was part of a prisoner swap with the Nigerian government, but the authorities denied doing a deal with Boko Haram.

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