Boko Haram video claims to show Nigeria Chibok girls
Abuja, Nigeria ( Reuters + Xinhua + DIPLOMAT.SO) – Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has published a video apparently showing recent footage of dozens of school girls kidnapped two years ago, and saying some of them have been killed in air strikes.
Boko Haram seized more than 270 girls from their school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in April 2014, part of a seven-year-old insurgency to set up an Islamic state in the north that has killed some 15,000 people and displaced more than two million.
Dozens of the girls managed to flee to safety in the initial melee, but more than 200 are still missing.
In the video published on social media, which was seen by Reuters on Sunday, a masked man stands behind dozens of girls.
“We want to send this message first to the parents of these girls for them to know that these girls are still with us, some of them, and secondly they should tell the Federal Government of Nigeria, to with immediate effect, release our imprisoned brothers,” the man said.
“Some of the girls, about forty of them with God’s permission have been married, some of them have died as a result of bombing by the infidels,” he said.
One veiled girl could be seen holding a baby. Parents have accused Boko Haram of having married off some of the girls against their will.
At the end of the video unidentified bodies could be seen on the ground.
“Military jets have killed some of the girls,” said one of the girls, who was identified by her father, Yakubu Kabu, as his daughter called Dorcas.
“When I heard her voice, I realize she is my daughter,” he told reporters in Abuja. “we are pleading with the government to help…The children are suffering. Some of them could be very sick.”
Information Minister Lai Mohammed said in a statement the government “was on top of the situation” to free the girls.
“Since this is not the first time we have been contacted over the issue, we want to be doubly sure that those we are in touch with are who they claim to be,” he said.
Army spokesman Rabe Abubakar was quoted as saying by PR Nigeria, an official government agency, that the military disputed the claims that the air force had hit the girls.
“We are nevertheless studying the video clips to examine if the victims died from other causes rather (than) from the allegation of airstrike,” he said.
Authorities said in May that one of the missing girls had been found and President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to rescue the others.
Boko Haram, which last year pledged loyalty to the militant group Islamic State, has kidnapped hundreds of men, women and children.
Under Buhari’s command and aided by Nigeria’s neighbors, the army has recaptured most territory once lost to Boko Haram, but the group still regularly stages suicide bombings.
Boko Haram has apparently split with Islamic State naming Abu Musab al-Barnawi two weeks ago as the group’s leader for West Africa in a two-page interview in its weekly magazine.
But the previous figurehead Abubakar Shekau appears to have rejected the new role in another video published after Barnawi’s appointment.
Nigeria declares 3 suspects wanted over links with Boko Haram
The Nigerian Army on Sunday declared a journalist and two other persons wanted over their alleged links with the Boko Haram sect.
One of the three persons declared wanted by the Army is Ahmed Salkida, a journalist, who had on Sunday claimed that the Boko Haram group had released a video recording of the killing of scores of the Chibok girls in air strikes by the Nigerian military to him.
The other two are (Ambassador) Ahmed U. Bolori and Aisha Wakil.
The Army alleged that the three were also to privy to information on the conditions and exact location of the missing Chibok girls.
Spokesperson for the Army, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said in a statement reaching Xinhua that the three persons were wanted for interrogation on their links with the militant sect.
A faction of Boko Haram militants, which seeks to impose strict Islamic law in northern Nigeria, on Sunday released a new video showing the abducted Chibok girls and claiming that some of the girls were killed by air strikes launched by the Nigerian Air Force on their locations.
The video showed a masked armed man standing in front of several girls, who, he claimed, were the over 200 girls abducted from their school hostel at Government Secondary School, Chibok, in 2014.
The man said the video was released to send a message to the parents of the girls to beg the Nigerian government to release Boko Haram members in various detention centers in exchange for the girls.
The man said about 40 of the girls were already married while some were dead.
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