5.12.2014

NIGERIAN EXTREMIST NAMES HIS RANSOM DEMANDS


By MICHELLE FAUL and SUNDAY ALAMBA
Associated Press

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- A Nigerian Islamic extremist leader says nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls will not be seen again until the government frees his detained fighters.

A new video from Nigeria's homegrown Boko Haram terrorist network received Monday purports to show some of the girls and young women chanting Quranic verses in Arabic. The barefoot girls look frightened and sad and sit huddled together wearing gray Muslim veils. Some Christians among them say they have converted to Islam.

It is the first video evidence of the girls and young women since more than 300 were kidnapped from a northeastern school in the pre-dawn hours of April 15 - four weeks ago.

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