Yesterday, Boko Haram militants handed over 21 Chibok schoolgirls to authorities after a series of negotiations. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Swiss government brokered the deal between the Islamist militant group and the Nigerian government, said Mallam Garba Shehu, spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Some confirmatory tweets from the ICRC are below:

 

The 21 were freed before dawn in the northeastern Nigerian town of Banki, near the border with Cameroon.
They are said to have been among the 276 girls and women, ages 16 to 18, that Boko Haram militants herded from bed in the middle of the night at a boarding school in Chibok in April 2014 — a kidnapping that spurred global outrage. Minister of Women Affairs,  Aisha Alhassan joined in welcoming the girls in abuja.

They are said to have been among the 276 girls and women, ages 16 to 18, that Boko Haram militants herded from bed in the middle of the night at a boarding school in Chibok in April 2014 — a kidnapping that spurred global outrage.

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A child born to one of the girls and believed by medical personnel to be about 20 months old also was released, according to the Nigerian president’s office. The picture above shows Vice President, Yemi Osinbanjo receiving the girls as the President is currently away on an official visit to Germany.

Story culled from CNN