Nigeria: 21 Chibok girls released, source says

Boko Haram militants handed over 21 missing Chibok schoolgirls to the Nigerian government Thursday morning, according to a source with direct knowledge of the release.

The girls, who have not been named, remain in Maiduguri, the source said.

The militants herded the 276 girls out of bed at a school in Chibok in northern Nigeria in April 2014.

As many as 57 girls escaped and shared harrowing tales of fleeing from the nearby Sambisa Forest, believed to be the terrorist group’s stronghold.

Dozens are still missing, and their whereabouts remain a mystery, but are believed to be somewhere in the forest.

At the time, relatives roamed through the forest for days, frantically searching for the girls.

The kidnapping sparked global outrage and prompted global figures such as activist Malala Yousafzai and first lady Michelle Obama to support the campaign to #BringBackOurGirls.

Boko Haram recently split into two factions, one backed by ISIS.