More Chibok schoolgirls to regain freedom soon: Nigerian minister

"The girls are now lodged in the military barracks and will be flown to Maiduguri (the Borno state capital) tomorrow", the same source added.

The personal assistant to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, tweeted that "huge numbers" had been released. The president expressed his deep gratitude to security agencies, the military, the government of Switzerland, the Red Cross, local and global NGOs for the success of the operation.

A military source said the girls were now in Banki near the Cameroon border for medical checks before being airlifted to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, Chibok school girls recently freed from Nigeria Extremist captivity wait to meet with Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential palace in.

Nigeria announced Saturday night that it did a prisoner swap with Boko Haram to get the fresh batch of 82 girls freed by their captors. A handful of other girls have either escaped or been rescued, but 113 still remained unaccounted for following Saturday's release.

Speaking at a forum in the southwestern city of Ibadan, the minister said more of the girls held hostage by the insurgents would be set free as government was adopting the same method used in brokering the earlier releases.

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Family members said they were eagerly awaiting a list of names and "our hopes and expectations are high". But it was the mass kidnapping of 276 girls in April 2014 that horrified the world and brought the extremist group worldwide attention. About 220 were abducted from their school in a nighttime attack.

Over the last eight years, an uprising by Boko Haram has left more than 200,000 people dead and 2.6 million forced from their homes.

Neither Nigeria's government nor Boko Haram, which has links to the Islamic State group, gave details about the exchange.

Experts also believe that Boko Haram also forces its kidnap victims into becoming suicide bombers.

On Friday, the USA and Britain issued warnings that the Islamist group was planning to kidnap foreigners "along the Kumshe-Banki axis" in Borno state.

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