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In home of Nigeria's abducted girls, cautious optimism greets news of cease-fire with captors

FILE - This Monday May 12, 2014 file image taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, shows the alleged missing girls abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok. Nigeria’s government and Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate cease-fire, officials said Friday Oct. 17, 2014. The fate of more than 200 missing schoolgirls abducted by the insurgents six months ago remains unclear. Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade said their release is still being negotiated. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - This Monday May 12, 2014 file image taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, shows the alleged missing girls abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok. Nigeria‚Äôs government and Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate cease-fire, officials said Friday Oct. 17, 2014. The fate of more than 200 missing schoolgirls abducted by the insurgents six months ago remains unclear. Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade said their release is still being negotiated. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

Community leaders in the hometown of more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls are cautiously optimistic about news of a cease-fire with the Islamic extremists who abducted their daughters six months ago.

Bana Lawan, chairman of Chibok Local Government Area, says there will be no celebration until they see the girls, "and then we will know it is true."

Community leader Pogu Bitrus says "people rejoiced, but with caution."

He said many residents are skeptical of the army's announcement Friday that Boko Haram extremists have agreed to an immediate cease-fire.

Some reports say the truce includes an agreement to free the 219 girls missing from Chibok town.

Government spokesman Mike Omeri says only that they are "inching closer to the release of the Chibok girls."