Boko Haram freed 13 hostages to Nigerian government late Saturday after authorities negotiated for their release.
The abductions were part of a campaign by the Islamist terrorists’ attacks last year, whose bid was aimed at creating an Islamic State in the northeastern. The insurgency has left at least 20,000 people killed and about 2.7 million forced to flee their homes since 2009.
Among those released include three lecturers from the University of Maiduguri who were abducted while on an oil exploration trip in Magumeri, in the northeastern Borno state, in July 2017. The other 10 were women police officers abducted in a raid on a convoy the previous month.
The release of the 13 hostages followed a series of negotiations as directed by President (Muhammadu) Buhari and was facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC,” a presidency spokesman said in an emailed statement.
The ICRC said it had acted as a neutral intermediary in the hostage release.
Boko Haram is an affiliate of the Middle East based, Islamic State terrorist group.