Boko Haram Releases 21 Abducted Chibok Schoolgirls, Nigerian Official Says

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This screenshot created on August 14, 2016 taken from a video released on youtube purportedly by Boko Haram, shows what is claimed to be fighters with girls allegedly kidnapped in April 2014.
This screenshot created on August 14, 2016 taken from a video released on youtube purportedly by Boko Haram, shows what is claimed to be fighters with girls allegedly kidnapped in April 2014.Credit: AFP photo/Boko Haram

Twenty-one of the more than 200 girls kidnapped over two years ago in a raid on their school in Chibok town in Nigeria by Boko Haram militants have been released, the BBC reported on Thursday citing a Nigerian government official. 

Two spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari told Reuters they were unaware of the report. Military spokesmen have not responded to phone calls or text messages. 

In August, a video appearing to come from Boko Haram was released showing one of the girls begging Nigeria's government to exchange detained militants for the girls' freedom. Other girls had been killed or crippled by Nigerian militant airstrikes, according to the video.

The mass abduction in April 2014 brought Boko Haram to the world's attention and even got the participation of U.S. first lady Michelle Obama in the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign, promising her husband would do all in his power to help liberate them.

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