The 13 people kidnapped by alleged members of Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria have been released after negotiations between the kidnappers and the authorities, the country's presidential office said on Twitter, Sputnik International reports.
"Three University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) lecturers abducted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Magumeri, Borno State, and 10 women kidnapped in a raid by the militant group on a military/police convoy on Damboa road, near Maiduguri, have been released," the president's office said on Saturday.
According to the officials, the release came after negotiations "directed by President [Muhammadu Buhari] and was facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross @ICRC."
The president expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in the rescue operation, in particular, the ICRC. Nigeria and neighboring countries have been suffering from attacks by Boko Haram, including numerous kidnappings.
Recently, the terrorists reportedly announced that the group carried out several attacks in Nigeria's north-eastern regions during the Christmas season.