Boko Haram claim kidnapped schoolgirls killed by air strikes
SOME of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls have been killed in Nigerian military air strikes, according to a new video appearing to come from Boko Haram Islamic extremists.
The video posted on Twitter shows one of the alleged victims pleading for authorities to release detained militants so the girls can be freed.
The girl, in a headscarf, has been identified as one of the 276 students abducted from a remote school in north-eastern Nigeria in April 2014.
She claims that some of her kidnapped classmates died in aerial bombardments by the Nigerian military. She also said that 40 have been “married” to Islamic extremist fighters.
The video, posted by Nigerian journalist Ahmad Salkida and cited by SITE Intelligence Group, also shows a fighter warning in the Hausa language that if President Muhammadu Buhari’s government battles Boko Haram with firepower, the girls will not be seen again.
“Presently, some of the girls are crippled, some are terribly sick and some of them, as I had said, died during bombardment by the Nigerian military,” the fighter says, appearing before a group of more than 40 young women in headscarves and hijabs.
“If our members in detention are not freed, let the government and parents of the Chibok girls know that they will never find these girls again.”
It says the Chibok girls are held by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, who is in a leadership battle with a lieutenant named by the Islamic State group as the new leader of what it calls its West Africa Province.
Dozens of the schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok in April 2014 escaped on their own within two days of the abduction. One girl escaped this year, saying she had been led to freedom by her Boko Haram “husband”.
Some 218 remain missing in the abduction that shocked the world.