MOSCOW, September 23 (RIA Novosti) - Some of the nearly 200 schoolgirls that were kidnapped in Nigeria this April by Boko Haram have been freed, BBC News Africa reported Tuesday.
BBC News Africa quoted Nigerian Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade as saying that the exercise was "ongoing".
The spokesperson did not specify the number of the girls freed, who are reported to be currently held in a barracks.
This April, Boko Haram, a radical group aiming to create an Islamic state in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria, abducted more than 200 Nigerians schoolgirls.
The name of the militant groups translates as "Western education is forbidden".
The militants of the group are believed to be the masterminds behind most terrorist attacks carried out in the country.
According to media reports, the Nigerian government has recently been in secret talks with Boko Haram to exchange the terrorists it has under arrest for the kidnapped girls.
In August, Chadian troops already freed 85 of the kidnapped girls.