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Group of kidnapped Chinook girls freed

Sunday, October 16, 2016 23:03
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. October 17, 2016, 8:51 AM (IDT)

A group of 21 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist terrorist Boko Haram in northern Nigeria in 2014 were reunited with their families Thursday. Nigeria’s Information Minister Lai Mohammed said the release was “the first step” for the liberation of all the remaining girls. Of the 276 kidnapped, 197 are still missing. Those who escaped reported that had been forcibly converted to Islam; some were enslaved as “wives” of Boko Haram terrorists. Nigerian authorities have denied reports that captured Boko Haram fighters were swapped for the girls or that millions of dollars were handed over as ransom.

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