More than three years after Boko Haram militants stormed a school in the eastern part of Nigeria and kidnapped nearly 300 Chibok school girls, the extremist group freed an additional 82 women on Saturday, Reuters reported.
The move was inspired by ongoing negotiations between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government.
A military source said the girls were undergoing medical checks in Banki near the Cameroon border. They are expected to be transported to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.
The release of the 82 girls follows a deal brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross, which led to the release of more than 20 girls. Others have escaped or been rescued, but about 195 women were believed to remain in captivity prior to Saturday's release.