Boko Haram Releases 21 Girls Kidnapped From School: Each Girl Deserves Freedom #bringbackourgirls #nigerianschoolgirls

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LAGOS, Nigeria — Two and a half years after nearly 300 girls were kidnapped from a school in northeastern Nigeria, the government announced on Thursday that 21 of them had been freed.

The development appeared to be the greatest breakthrough so far in an episode that has highlighted the brutality of the militant group Boko Haram, which seized the girls from a school in the town of Chibok on April 14, 2014.

An international campaign had urged the Nigerian government to do more to secure the girls’ release, using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls and drawing support from Michelle Obama and others.

“The release of the girls, in a limited number, is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government,” Garba Shehu, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, said in a series of posts on Twitter. “The negotiations will continue.”

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