A senior government official in Nigeria has told the BBC that 21 of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants have been freed.
It is understood the girls are being held by the security services in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.
It is not yet clear how the girls were rescued, but the Nigerian military is currently carrying out a large-scale operation in the Sambisa forest, Boko Haram’s stronghold.
The terrorist group kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in Chibok in April 2014.
Until now only one girl had been rescued.
A vigilante group found Amina Ali Nkeki in May with her suspected militant husband and her new baby.