Boko Haram militants handed over 21 missing Chibok schoolgirls to the Nigerian government Thursday morning, according to a source with direct knowledge of the release.
The girls, who have not been named, remain in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the source said.
The militants herded 276 girls out of bed in the middle of the night at a school in Chibok in northern Nigeria in April 2014.
As many as 57 girls escaped and shared harrowing tales of fleeing from the nearby Sambisa Forest, believed to be the terror group’s stronghold.
Dozens are still missing, and their whereabouts remain a mystery, but are believed to be somewhere in the forest. This is the largest group believed freed since the girls were kidnapped two years ago.
At the time, relatives roamed through the forest for days, frantically searching for the girls.