April 13, 2017 / 11:14 AM / in 6 months

Nigeria in talks to release remaining captive Chibok girls: president

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria’s government is in talks to release the remaining captive Chibok girls, the president said on Thursday, a day before the third anniversary of the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls by Islamist insurgency Boko Haram.

President Muhammadu Buhari smiles as he chairs his first cabinet meeting since his arrival in Abuja, Nigeria March 15, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

The government “is in constant touch through negotiations, through local intelligence to secure the release of the remaining girls and other abducted persons unharmed,” President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement.

Of the girls taken from their school in the northeastern town of Chibok in 2014, 195 are still missing.

More than 20 were released in October in a deal brokered by the International Red Cross. Others have escaped or been rescued.

Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Paul Carsten; Editing by Toby Chopra

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