The leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremists tells the world that more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have all been converted to Islam and married off, putting to rest any hopes for their freedom.
“If you knew the state your daughters are in today, it might lead some of you … to die from grief,” Abubakar Shekau sneers, addressing the parents of the girls and young women kidnapped from a remote boarding school more than six months ago.
In a new video released late Friday night, the Boko Haram leader also denies there is a cease-fire with the Nigerian government and threatens to kill an unidentified German hostage.
“Don’t you know we are still holding your German hostage (who is) always crying,” he taunts. “If we want, we will hack him or slaughter him or shoot him.”
A German development worker was kidnapped at gunpoint in Gombi, a town in Nigeria’s northeast Gombi in July. Police reported he was ambushed as he drove to work.
Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier last week told reporters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, that he had no new information about a German abductee.
May. 12, 2014 file image taken from video by Nigeria’s Boko Haram terrorist network, shows the kidnapped girls abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok. The leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said Friday Oct. 31, 2014 the more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off. (AP Photo/File)
In the new video, Shekau wears a camouflage tunic and pants with the black and white flag of al-Qaida is by his side. He is joined by masked and armed fighters standing in front of four military pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns. Boko Haram has looted many weapons and vehicles including armored cars from Nigeria’s military.
The U.S. military claimed several times that they killed Shekau, and says any new videos are made by a look-alike. But the United States has not removed a $7 million ransom on the head of the extremist leader leading many to believe that Shekau is indeed still alive and well.
Shekau’s video announcement further discredits the government of President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian southerner who on Thursday formally announced his candidacy for elections on Feb. 14, 2015, in Africa’s most populous nation. Nigeria’s 160 million people are divided almost equally between Muslims who dominate the north and Christians in the south. The West African nation is the biggest oil producer on the continent and has its biggest economy.
In a new video released Friday night, the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremist group Boko Haram said that more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have all been converted to Islam and married off, dashing hopes for their freedom.
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