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Extremist says kidnapped girls married

Published:Sunday | November 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Protesters calling on the Nigerian government to rescue the girls who were abducted by Boko Haram fighters. - File

MAIDUGURI (AP):

With a malevolent laugh, the leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremists has told the world that more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have all been converted to Islam and married off, dashing hopes for their freedom.

"If you knew the state your daughters are in today, it might lead some of you ... to die from grief," Abubakar Shekau sneers, addressing the parents of the girls and young women kidnapped from a remote boarding school more than six months ago.

In a new video released late last Friday night, the Boko Haram leader also denies there is a ceasefire with the Nigerian government and threatened to kill an unidentified German hostage.

In the video, Shekau wears a camouflage tunic and pants and the black and white flag of al-Qaida is by his side.

He was flanked by masked and armed fighters standing in front of four military pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns.