One of the girls released in October 2016 with family members in Abuja; it was believed that 195 girls were still being held captive before the latest release. Photograph: Olamikan Gbemiga/AP
Saturday 6 May 2017 23.48 BST First published on Saturday 6 May 2017 22.54 BST
Eighty-two Chibok schoolgirls seized three years ago by Boko Haram have been freed in exchange for detained suspects with the extremist group, Nigeria’s government announced early on Sunday, in the largest release negotiated yet in the battle to save nearly 300 girls whose mass abduction exposed the mounting threat posed by the Islamic State-linked fighters.
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How did Nigeria secure the 21 Chibok girls' release from Boko Haram?
In the early hours of Thursday morning, 21 of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls were released by their Boko Haram captors in the town of Banki close to Nigeria's border with Cameroon, security sources told the BBC.