Nigerian parents reunite with 21 girls freed by Boko Haram

A kidnapped girl celebrates with a relative Sunday during church services in Abuja, Nigeria. Olamikan Gbemiga / AP; courtesy NBCNews.com

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) – The long wait is over for a number of families in Nigeria.

Joy, jubilation and dancing erupted Sunday when a group of parents were reunited with 21 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram 2 ½ years ago and freed in the first negotiated release organized by the government and the Islamic extremist group.

The girls were hugged and embraced by their parents when they were presented by the government, according to video obtained by The Associated Press.

The girls were released Thursday and flown to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, but it’s taken days for the parents to arrive. Most arrived Sunday after driving hours over potholed roads slowed by military checkpoints and the danger of attack by the insurgents.

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