NEWS BRIEF The Nigerian militant group that kidnapped more than 270 schoolgirls more than two years ago has released a video purportedly showing dozens of them alive.
The footage from Boko Haram, posted on Twitter Sunday by Nigerian journalist Ahmad Salkida, appears to show more than 40 girls, covered in hijabs and some holding infants. The Islamist militant group alleges they were among the 278 abducted from their school in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria in April 2014. Dozens of girls managed to escape in the hours after the ambush, but the fate of the missing 218 girls remains unknown.
In the video, which lasts 11-and-a-half minutes, a militant, masked and dressed in camouflage, warns the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, that if bombing continues, the girls will not be seen again, according to the AP’s translation of the Hausa language. He says some of the girls have life-threatening injuries, and that 40 have been “married” to militants. Later, one of the schoolgirls addresses the Nigerian government, asking officials to release detained Boko Haram militants in exchange for the girls. She says some of the girls died in air strikes by Nigerian forces, which are trying to drive the militant group out of the country.