Boko Haram freed 21 of the 276 Chibok girls that its militants kidnapped in 2014, returning the girls back to the Nigerian Government Thursday.
“As I depart Abuja for Germany on an Official Visit, I welcome the release of 21 of our Chibok Girls, following successful negotiations,” Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari tweeted.
The girls were released at approximately 3 a.m. in the northeastern Nigerian town of Banki, a CNN source said.
Nigerian officials said that negotiations will continue to bring home more of the captured girls. Fifty-seven of the 276 girls escaped immediately after being kidnapped and one girl was found wandering out of the Sambisa Forest this May, leaving a little under 200 girls still unaccounted for.
“The release of the girls, in a limited number, is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and Boko Haram, brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government,” a statement by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president, said. “The negotiations will continue.”