Saturday, September 20, 2014

Nigeria: Boko Haram Offers to Exchange Fighters for Kidnapped Schoolgirls, One Girl for One Fighter

According to UPIABUJA, Boko Haram is negotiating the release of more than 200 school girls with the Nigerian government and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Boko Haram is seeking the release of at least 30 of its members imprisoned by Nigeria in exchange for some of the girls, who were kidnapped in April 2014, a source involved with the negotiations told CNN.

There have been four meetings with the principals since mid-August.

COMMENT: "The two Boko Haram negotiators assured the ICRC and government negotiators that the girls were never raped, were never used as sex slaves and were never sexually assaulted," the source said.

Boko Haram and Nigeria haven't been able to see eye-to-eye regarding the number of girls to be exchanged for the 30 Boko Haram prisoners.

"They were only ready to release one Boko Haram member for one kidnap victim, which the government was not willing to accept," the source said.

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