tstorms
Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 10:29PM

The Latest: Red Cross says it transported freed Chibok girls

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on the release of Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped three years ago by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria (all times local):

___

11:25 a.m.

The International Committee of the Red Cross says it acted as a neutral intermediary and transported the 82 freed Chibok schoolgirls into the hands of Nigeria's government.

The ICRC along with the Swiss government had mediated months of negotiations between Nigeria and the Boko Haram extremist group to obtain Saturday's release.

The release follows the freeing of a first group of 21 Chibok schoolgirls in October. Saturday's release is the largest since Boko Haram seized 276 Chibok girls in a mass abduction three years ago.

ICRC deputy regional coordinator Patrick Youssef says the 82 girls soon will meet with their families.

___

11 a.m.

Nigeria's presidential spokesman says President Muhammadu Buhari will meet the newly released Chibok schoolgirls at 4 p.m. local time Sunday.

Garba Shehu said that Buhari will receive the 82 schoolgirls in Abuja who were freed Saturday after lengthy negotiations with Boko Haram. The girls were released near the town of Banki in Borno state near Cameroon and will be transported to the capital, Abuja.

Before Saturday's release, 195 of the girls had been captive. Now 113 of the girls remain unaccounted for.

___

AP writer Bashir Adigun in Abuja, Nigeria

___

9:35 a.m.

Nigeria's president says he will meet Sunday with 82 Chibok schoolgirls freed this weekend after being kidnapped three years ago by Boko Haram.

President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement that he will receive the released schoolgirls in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.

The president said the schoolgirls were freed in exchange for detained suspected extremists in the largest negotiated release so far of the nearly 300 girls whose mass abduction in 2014 highlighted the threat of Nigeria's homegrown extremist fighters who are linked to the Islamic State group.

Before Saturday's release, 195 of the girls had been captive. Now 113 of the girls remain unaccounted for.

As news of the latest release broke, long-suffering family members said they are eagerly awaiting a list of names and their "hopes and expectations are high."

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, Top General short headlines, AP World News
© Copyright 2017 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest: Red Cross says it transported freed Chibok girls
The Latest: Red Cross says it transported 82 freed Chibok girls as neutral intermediary
6:23AM ( 10 minutes ago )
The Latest: Turnout a bit lower than in 2012 French election
France's Interior Ministry says the voter turnout in the country's presidential runoff election so far is slightly lower than it was in 2012
6:22AM ( 11 minutes ago )
50,000 evacuated in German city after 5 WWII bombs uncovered
German authorities are evacuating around 50,000 people from their homes in the northern city of Hannover while five suspected aerial bombs from World War II are made safe for removal
6:08AM ( 25 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Israel-Germany row shines spotlight on anti-occupation group
Former Israeli combat soldiers who were thrust into the center of a diplomatic row between Israel and Germany, say the sudden international spotlight has given them a bigger platform to speak out against Israel's 50-year occupation of Palestinians
3:09AM ( 3 hours ago )
'Canelo' Alvarez dominates Chavez Jr., Golovkin next up
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez dominated a grudge against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., winning a unanimous decision in a fight that left no doubt who is the top active Mexican boxer
2:52AM ( 3 hours ago )
Tense France chooses new president, deciding Europe's fate
Voters across France are casting ballots in a presidential election runoff that could decide Europe's future, choosing between independent Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen
2:49AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP National News
Mud in your eye: Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby in slop
Always Dreaming splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby by 2 3/4 lengths, giving trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez their second victories in the race but their first together
11:35PM ( 6 hours ago )
'Oh, the humanity!' Hindenburg anniversary, broadcast marked
Hundreds of people have gathered at a military base in New Jersey to mark the 80th anniversary of when the German airship Hindenburg burst into flames
9:24PM ( 9 hours ago )
US bobsledder Steven Holcomb, 37, found dead
US Olympic bobsledder Steven Holcomb, a three-time medalist, has been found dead
8:57PM ( 9 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
German local vote is test for Merkel's challenger
Polls are open in northern Germany for a local election that will test the strength of the country's Social Democrats as they try to deny Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term
2:20AM ( 4 hours ago )
S. Koreans want new leader to create jobs minus corruption
South Koreans expect the next president to create jobs and end the cozy ties between big family-run businesses and the government that often lead to corruption
12:32AM ( 6 hours ago )
Nigeria says 82 Chibok girls free in Boko Haram exchange
82 Chibok schoolgirls freed 3 years after Boko Haram mass abduction in exchange for suspects
8:35PM ( 9 hours ago )
AP World News
The Latest: Turnout a bit lower than in 2012 French election
France's Interior Ministry says the voter turnout in the country's presidential runoff election so far is slightly lower than it was in 2012
6:22AM ( 11 minutes ago )
50,000 evacuated in German city after 5 WWII bombs uncovered
German authorities are evacuating around 50,000 people from their homes in the northern city of Hannover while five suspected aerial bombs from World War II are made safe for removal
6:08AM ( 25 minutes ago )
The Latest: France's Le Pen votes in party stronghold
Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has cast her ballot in Henin-Beaumont, a small northern town controlled by her National Front party
5:25AM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: 82 freed schoolgirls to meet Nigerian president
Nigeria's president says that he will meet Sunday with 82 Chibok schoolgirls freed after being kidnapped 3 years ago by Boko Haram
5:07AM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Front-runner Macron votes in French election
Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, the front-runner in France's presidential election, has voted in the coastal town of Le Tourquet in northern France alongside his wife, Brigitte Macron
5:06AM ( 1 hour ago )