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Boko Haram chiefs freed in swap for schoolgirls

By Bashir Adigun

Five Boko Haram commanders have been released in exchange for the freedom of 82 Chibok schoolgirls, the Nigerian government has said.

The confirmation of the prisoner swap comes a day after the young women were liberated after more than three years in captivity with the Islamic militants.

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Saturday that some Boko Haram prisoners had been released for the freedom of the schoolgirls but did not give any details.

The freed young women "will face a long and difficult process to rebuild their lives after the indescribable horror and trauma they have suffered at the hands of Boko Haram", said Pernille Ironside of Unicef Nigeria.

Authorities say 113 schoolgirls remain missing of the 276 abducted from their boarding school in 2014.

Girls who escaped said some of their classmates had died from illness. Others did not want to come home because they had been radicalised, they said.

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