5 killed in Boko Haram attack in NE Nigeria

A new video released by Boko Haram shows Boko Haram shows leader Abubakar Shekau flanked by other jihadists

The release of the suspects coincided with a new video released by Boko Haram, which purportedly showed some of the young women kidnapped by the group nearly three years ago now vowing to remain with their captors and never return home.

One told the camera: "We are the Chibok girls that you cry for us to return to you". The escaped Chibok girls have presented particular concerns for the government, given the extended amount of time many of these spent under Boko Haram control, forced to study jihadist scripts and taught to serve their "husbands". Fifty-seven manage to flee.

At least 14 of the 276 girls who were abducted by Islamic militants Boko Haram in 2014 were seen in the tape.

AFP that the entire video also includes assurances from the girl speaking that they are living well.

The latest Shekau video surfaced shortly after Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, "We have since beaten Boko Haram".

In December he says he is willing to negotiate with any "credible" Boko Haram leadership and if there is proof the girls are alive. The reader's can rely on the content at their own will. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability, data, text, images, video, messages, or any other material whatsoever or for any claims/loss/action that the reader may suffer as a result of relying on the content on our site.


It shows 15 of the girls in black hijabs in the first concrete indication that at least some are still alive.

The freedom granted to the 244 people came the same day Boko Haram's main leader, Abubakar Shekau, released a video in which he claimed none of the Chibok girls still held by Boko Haram would ever be found. Nigeria has arrested thousands of suspected Boko Haram members in recent years.

But despite a concerted global campaign for their release, and talks between the government and the militants, the girls shown in the recording vowed not to return home.

The 20-minute-long video is the first since May a year ago when a woman claiming to be one of the 276 schoolgirls was seen holding a gun and also refusing to return to her parents.

She proclaims loyalty to Boko Haram and says she does not want to return to her parents.

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