Freed Nigerian schoolboys arrive back home

The boys, dressed in dusty clothes and some in light green uniforms, looked weary but otherwise well, getting off buses in the city of Katsina and walking to a government building.

A group of their parents waited to be reunited with them in another part of town.

A week earlier, gunmen on motorbikes raided the boys' boarding school in the nearby town of Kankara and marched hundreds of them into the vast Rugu forest. Authorities said security services rescued them on Thursday (December 17), although it was not clear if all of them had been recovered.