Nigeria: No ‘confrontation’ part of release deal

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s government says a decision against military “confrontation” was part of the agreement for the release of more than 100 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed says the “deliberate pause” allowed the extremists to drive into the town where the girls were abducted a month ago and release them.

Witnesses say the Boko Haram fighters also warned residents: “Don’t ever put your daughters in school again.”

Nigeria says 101 of the 110 girls are confirmed freed, and it indicates that the number will rise “after the remaining ones have been documented.”