LAGOS, Nigeria — Relatives say more than 100 girls recently released by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram have been reunited with their parents in northern Nigeria.

Bashir Manzo, head of the group of parents whose children were abducted, told The Associated Press that the children were reunited with their parents Sunday.

Five of the schoolgirls kidnapped in mid-February died during the ordeal, and one Christian girl remains in captivity.

Authorities have said they believe the girl will soon be released, though Manzo said even if true it would take several days for Boko Haram to reach Dapchi from their hideouts.

The Nigerian government denies that it paid a ransom for the release of the schoolgirls, who were returned in the middle of the night to the center of town last week.

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