Boko Haram offers to trade Chibok schoolgirls for extremist leaders

LAGOS, Nigeria (compiled by TAB) — Boko Haram extremists are willing to trade the freedom of more than 200 girls kidnapped from a Chibok boarding school for the release of government-detained extremist leaders, a human rights activist who asked to remain anonymous told The Associated Press.

The swap offer is only available for the girls in Borno state in Nigeria whose mass abduction in April 2014 sparked the “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign.

Fred Eno, an apolitical Nigerian who has been involved with Boko Haram negotiations, said the approximately 350 people killed by the extremist group in the last nine days is consistent with past increases of violence in order to attain a stronger negotiating position, according to The Associated Press.

No announcement has been made from Nigerian officials on the terms or response to the extremists offer.

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