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Nigeria schoolgirls reunited with parents after release

March 25, 2018
Recently freed School girls from the Government Girls Science and Technical College Dapchi, pose for a photograph after a meeting with Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential palace in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday March 23, 2018. Nigeria's president welcomed to his official residence more than 100 girls who were released by Boko Haram Wednesday after being kidnapped last month.(AP Photo/Azeez Akunleyan)

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Relatives say more than 100 girls recently released by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram have been reunited with their parents in northern Nigeria.

Bashir Manzo, head of the group of parents whose children were abducted, told The Associated Press that the children were reunited with their parents Sunday.

Five of the schoolgirls kidnapped in mid-February died during the ordeal, and one Christian girl remains in captivity.

Authorities have said they believe the girl will soon be released, though Manzo said even if true it would take several days for Boko Haram to reach Dapchi from their hideouts.

The Nigerian government denies that it paid a ransom for the release of the schoolgirls, who were returned in the middle of the night to the center of town last week.