Boko Haram Says Video Shows Missing Nigerian Girls
The group that took more than 200 girls from a Nigerian school last month released what it says is a video of the girls, along with demands that the government release militants from prison. The group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, says the video shows around 130 of the girls.
In the undated video released Monday, a crowd of girls is seen outdoors, arranged as if for a class photo. They are wearing the full-length hijab; some portions of the footage show them praying.
The video was first reported by Agence France-Presse; the agency says Shekau claims some of the girls “converted to Islam” as he talks on camera for 17 minutes. Several girls speak as well.
“It is thought the majority of the abducted girls are Christians, although there are a number of Muslims among them,” the BBC reports. “Correspondents said the girls appeared calm, and one said that they had not been harmed.”