Boko Haram Releases Video of Kidnapped Schoolgirls, Looking to Bargain for Their Release
Boko Haram has released a video of about 100 of the Nigerian kidnapped schoolgirls wearing full head scarves and reciting the Quran. The 17-minute video was shot an at unknown location and features leader Abubakar Shekau proposing a deal: the return of the girls for the release of imprisoned militants.
According to CNN, the Boko Haram leader claimed that the Christian girls have been converted to Islam. They chant in the background, “Praise by to Allah, the lord of the world.”
Experts continue to search Nigeria and the surrounding countries for the abducted young women. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan sent two military troops to search and reportedly feels confident about the girls' return. The U.S. has sent military forces to aid in the search as well.
About 200 girls were captured on April 14 from their Chibok school while taking exams. In the weeks since, the kidnapping sparked global outrage as people demanded the militant group return the young women to their homes and families.
Publication date: May 12, 2014