In Nigeria, 104 of the 110 schoolgirls abducted last month by Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram have been returned home.
Nigeria's Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed did not confirm where the remaining six girls were kept or if they are still living, but said that those who were freed had been identified.
The girls were brought back by a group of militants in a convoy. The minister denied that a ransom had been paid or a prisoner swap deal had been agreed upon.
The girls had been abudcted the 11- to 19-year-old schoolgirls from their school in Dapchi in north eastern Nigeria. The parents in the region were warned by the terrorists not to send girls to school as they would otherwise abduct or kill the children.
Nigeria is a huge country in West Africa. In the north eastern parts of the country, islamist terror groups threaten the poor population. In 2014, islamist militants already have kidnapped 276 children from their school. More than 100 of these children are still missing.
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. The country's population is about half Muslims and half Christians. The population lives peacefully together, however, in the north eastern provinces islamist extremists threaten the population to live according to the rules of their terror regimes.
source: DPA International and BBC
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