LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria's Islamic extremist leader says nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls will not be seen until the government frees his detained fighters.
A new video from Nigeria's homegrown Boko Haram terrorist network purports to show some of the girls and young women, covered in hijab and reciting prayers in Arabic. It is the first video evidence of them since more than 300 were kidnapped from a northeastern school in the pre-dawn hours of April 15 - four weeks ago.
Leader Abubakar Shekau cradles an assault rifle in the video received Monday and says: "I swear to almighty Allah you will not see them again until you release our people that you have captured."
It is not known how many suspected Boko Haram members are detained by security forces.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A new video from Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network purports to show dozens of abducted schoolgirls, covered in jihab and praying in Arabic.
It is the first public sight of the girls since more than 300 were kidnapped from a northeastern school the night of April 14 — exactly four weeks ago.
Families have said most girls abducted are Christians but the about 100 shown under a tree in the video recite Muslim prayers in Arabic. Many are barefoot. Some appear fearful, others desolate.
Fifty-three escaped by themselves and 276 are missing, police say.
The mass abductions and failure of Nigeria's government and military to rescue them has aroused national and international outrage. Last week Nigeria belatedly accepted offers of help from the United States, Britain and others.