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Sunday, May 7, 2017

82 Chibok Schoolgirls released by Boko Haram on Saturday May 06,2017

Dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls stolen by Boko Haram have been welcomed back into the free world by the country's president after they were released from captivity.

Muhammadu Buhari met with 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls on Sunday night May 07,2017 in the capital Abuja, saying it was difficult to put into words how happy he felt.

The girls were pictured with the president in brightly coloured outfits, in stark contrast to the black robes they were forced to wear by the Islamic extremist group

The girls were freed on Saturday as part of a swap for an undisclosed number of Boko Haram fighters, according to government officials

This photo, tweeted by the Red Cross, shows the schoolgirls boarding a Nigerian army helicopter. It is the first image of the freed schoolgirls

Before Saturday's release, 195 of the girls had been captive. Now 113 of the girls remain unaccounted for.

A first group of 21 girls were released in October as Nigeria announced it had begun negotiations with the extremist group. At the time, the government denied making an exchange for Boko Haram suspects or paying ransom.

The girls released in October have been reported to be in government care in Abuja for medical attention, trauma counseling and rehabilitation, according to the government.

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