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Nigeria to have abducted girls freed by Tuesday - Reports

Boko Haram sparked global outrage six months ago when it abducted more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls.

FILE: A screengrab taken from a video released on You Tube on April 12, 2012 apparently shows Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau (C) sitting flanked by militants.Picture:AFP.

ABUJA - Nigeria aims to have around 200 girls kidnapped by Islamist group Boko Haram freed by Tuesday, a senior source at the presidency said, although he declined to comment on where the transfer would take place.

Boko Haram sparked global outrage six months ago when it abducted more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls.

"I can confirm that the federal government is working hard to meet its own part of the agreement so that the release of the abductees can by affected either on Monday or latest Tuesday next week," the source said.

Meanwhile, confusion continues to surround an alleged ceasefire between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram.

Nigeria's military says it has agreed to a ceasefire with the Islamist militants and that the schoolgirls the group has abducted will be released.

But Boko Haram has not made a public statement or acknowledged the truce.

The group has been fighting an insurgency since 2009, with some 2,000 civilians reportedly killed this year.