Nigerian government called off deal with Boko Haram over girls

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Nigeria kidnapped girls: Government ‘called off deal’

A deal for the release of some of the abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria was close to being secured when the Nigerian government called it off, the BBC has learned.

Some of the girls were set to be freed in exchange for imprisoned Islamist militants, reports the BBC’s Will Ross.

Boko Haram group snatched more than 200 girls from a school on 14 April.

Nigeria’s government is under pressure to do more to tackle the group and bring about the girls’ release.

Nigeria’s government is under widespread pressure to do more to bring about the girls’ release
Thousands of people have died since Boko Haram began a violent campaign against the Nigerian government in 2009 and in the subsequent security crackdown.

‘All options open’
The BBC has learned that officials have held talks with the group to secure the release of the schoolgirls.

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