Chibok girls: 82 reunited with families in Nigeria

The release of the 82 schoolgirls this month came after an initial group of 21 girls was released in October.

"Everyone was dancing today, even the old ones, everyone was dancing", Nkeki told AFP news agency.

"In addition, the troops recovered 1 AK-47 Rifle with registration number 565231515, an AK-47 Rifle Magazine, 2 Boko Haram terrorist flags, 4 Motorcycles, 2 Solar Panels, 2 already prepared IEDs, Detonating cords and other explosive making components". A government list of names circulated, and parents were asked to confirm the freed girls' identities through photos.

Family members celebrate as they embrace a relative, one of the released kidnapped schoolgirls, in Abuja, Nigeria, 20-05-2017.

The group seized 276 girls from the remote town of Chibok in April 2014, triggering global condemnation and drawing attention to the bloody insurgency decimating the region.

Troops of the 8 Task Force Division of the Nigerian Army have arrested six female and four male Boko Haram terrorists in Monguno and Nolwodo Malgori areas of Borno State, after a tip-off.

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A #BringBackOurGirls hashtag campaign went viral, endorsed by A-list celebrities and politicians alike, putting pressure on former president Goodluck Jonathan to tackle the Islamists.

The girls were released after more than three years in captivity following a deal that saw five Boko Haram commanders exchanged for their freedom.

Twenty-one of their classmates were freed in October previous year, while three others had previously been found or escaped.

Human rights groups have criticized the government for keeping the young women so long in the capital, far from their homes - however Nigeria's Minister of Women Affairs has said the parents can visit at any time, insisting the girls have remained in the capital by choice. Nigeria's government has acknowledged negotiating with Boko Haram for their release, with mediation help from the Swiss government and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

According to the United Nations, 2.1 million people have fled their homes as a result of the insurgency.

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