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Boko Haram releases video promising to sell kidnapped girls

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Reported By Liku Zelleke

Last month, more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their secondary school in Nigeria.

Until last week it was anyone’s guess as to who had kidnapped them and where they were being held. Even the Nigerian president admitted to his government being in the dark about the fate of the 270 girls.

On Monday, Boko Haram, a terrorist group that operates in the remote parts of Nigeria admitted that they were responsible for the kidnapping of the girls by releasing a video which was obtained by Agence France-Presse.

The video shows the alleged leader of the group Abubakar Shekau. He says, “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah. There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women.”

Earlier reports had said that the girls had been, or would be, forced to marry the militants themselves.

The protests and outrage has been forthcoming from every corner of the world. Those that couldn’t take to the streets in Nigeria, the UK and other cities across the globe have taken to social media sites in solidarity with the parents and families of the kidnapped girls.

On the political scene, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in a policy speech while in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, said “Let me be clear. The kidnapping of hundreds of children by Boko Haram is an unconscionable crime. We will do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes and hold the perpetrators to justice. That is our responsibility and the world’s responsibility.”

Boko Haram, which translates to “Western education is sin,” has been fighting the Nigerian government while also attacking the civilian Christian population.

Meanwhile, Nigerian Muslim groups have said that the terrorist organization does not represent Islam and have condemned their actions.