The Nigerian government has confirmed the release of 21 Chibok Village girls by Boko Haram. The release of the girls came after negotiations between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram, according to Nigerian government spokesman Mallam Garba Shehu.
“The president welcomes the release of the girls but cautioned Nigerians to be mindful of the fact that more than 30,000 fellow citizens were killed via terrorism,” Shehu said on Twitter.
According to Shehu, the negotiations were brokered by the Swiss government and the International Committee of the Red Cross, but the ICRC denied this.
The group of girls were part of over 200 girls kidnapped in 2014, which spawned the #BringBackOurGirls movement.
There’s no word on whether or not the Nigerian government gave Boko Haram anything in return to the girl’s release, or how many are still being held captive.