A man claiming to be the leader of an Al Qaeda-trained terrorist group holding 223 girls snatched from a Nigerian school threatened Monday to sell them as brides — even those as young as 9.
In a shocking 57-minute video, a man professing to be Abubakar Shekau called women “slaves” and ranted that Allah gave him permission to sell the abducted girls for as little as $12.
It was the first time the group, called Boko Haram, boasted responsibility for the April 15 mass abductions at the Chibok Girls Secondary School in northeast Nigeria. “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah. I will sell them off and marry them off,” the man in the video railed, while holding an assault rifle.
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Nigerian officials were attempting to confirm if the speaker is Shekau, who they believed had been killed in a 2009 clash with security forces.
“I will marry off a woman at the age of 12. I will marry off a girl at the age of 9,” the man says on the tape released Monday to Western media outlets. An intermediary for the group has told Nigerian officials that Boko Haram — which in the Nigerian language Hausa means “Western education is sinful” — is prepared to negotiate ransoms.
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