Nigeria army ‘knows where Boko Haram are holding girls’

A deal to free 50 of the girls in return for the release of 100 Boko Haram detainees fell through, as Will Ross report.

A deal to free 50 of the girls in return for the release of 100 Boko Haram detainees fell through, as Will Ross report.

Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff said it was “good news for the parents,” although he admitted the military would not risk “going there with force”.

More than 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram gunmen from their school in northern Nigeria in April.

Earlier, the BBC learned that a deal to release some of the girls was close but was called off by the government.

The BBC’s Will Ross in the capital, Abuja, says an intermediary met leaders of the Islamist group and visited the place where they were being held.

He says agreement was almost reached to release 50 of the girls in exchange for the release of 100 Boko Haram prisoners.

But the Nigerian government pulled out of the deal after President Goodluck Jonathan attended a conference on the crisis in Paris. The reasons for the withdrawal are unclear.

Source: BBC

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