'Ceasefire' raises hopes for release of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls
October 18 , 2014
Nigeria’s government has reportedly agreed to a ceasefire with Boko Haram and is trying to negotiate the release of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by the militant group.
Boko Haram seeks to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, and its five-year violent campaign has killed thousands of people.
The girls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok, a northeastern town, in April. A government spokesperson said Boko Haram negotiators had “assured” that the schoolgirls were “all alive and well”.