Nigerian officials said today (October 13, 2016) that 21 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram extremist Muslims more than two years ago have been freed, the Newser website reports.
The release is a result of negotiations between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram, brokered by the Swiss government and the International Red Cross.
The abduction of 276 schoolgirls in April 2014 brought international condemnation of Boko Haram, Nigeria's home-grown Islamic extremist group. Dozens of the girls managed to escape, but several gave birth to children, as most of them were used as sex slaves by the kidnappers.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has said girls would only be released if the government swaps them for detained extremist leaders.