Boko Haram leader claims he ‘married off’ all kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls

Boko Haram leader claims he ‘married off’ all kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls

The remainder of Nigeria’s missing schoolgirls have been converted to Islam and married off, the leader of Boko Haram said in a video released this weekend.

Abubakar Shekau, the elusive leader of the Islamist terror group that kidnapped 276 girls from a boarding school in Nigeria’s northeast in April, laughed on camera as he delivered the news, saying the girls are “long forgotten because I have long ago married them off.”

Shekau also contradicted the Nigerian government’s claims it negotiated a ceasefire with the militant group and was working out a deal to free the missing girls.

Boko Haram, which translates roughly to “western education is sinful” in the local Hausa language, communicates primarily through videotaped statements made by a Shekau — a man the Nigerian government has previously claimed it has killed several times.

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