Boko Haram shows Chibok girls

The Myanmar Times - - World -

BOKO Haram re­leased a new video show­ing at least one of the Nige­rian school­girls kid­napped from Chibok more than two years ago, and called for its de­tained fight­ers to be freed.

A fa­ther of one of the 218 girls still miss­ing said he recog­nised his daugh­ter in the video, and a spokesper­son for the Bring Back Our Girls move­ment said he was “cer­tain” of the iden­ti­ties of 10 other girls seen in the footage.

The Nige­rian gov­ern­ment said it was in touch with those claim­ing to be be­hind the un­dated video, which shows a group of about 50 girls in Is­lamic dress sit­ting and stand­ing around a masked man armed with an as­sault ri­fle.

The film was is­sued just days after em­bat­tled Boko Haram head Abubakar Shekau de­nied claims he had been re­placed as the leader of the Nige­ri­abased ji­hadist group.

A man wear­ing cam­ou­flage gear in the video called on the gov­ern­ment to re­lease Boko Haram fight­ers in ex­change for the girls, who were kid­napped in April 2014.

“They should im­me­di­ately re­lease our brethren in their cus­tody,” the man said.

“They should know that their chil­dren are still in our hands,” he said in the video posted on YouTube.

While Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has said the group is “tech­ni­cally de­feated”, his gov­ern­ment has strug­gled to find the girls.

Photo: AFP

This screengrab from an Au­gust 14 video on YouTube, pur­port­edly by Is­lamist group Boko Haram, shows what is claimed to be a fighter at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion with girls al­legedly kid­napped from Chibok in April 2014.

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