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Topic - Abubakar Shekau
The Nigerian jihadist group responsible for kidnapping 223 schoolgirls in April issued a new video Saturday mocking the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign that even U.S. first lady Michelle Obama participated in.
Under the guns of their captors, dozens of barefoot girls sat huddled together wearing gray Muslim veils as they chanted Quranic verses in Arabic. Some Christians among them said they had converted to Islam.
Last weekend, 11 Nigerian girls were kidnapped in two remote villages in northeastern Nigeria, adding to the nearly 300 girls who are currently missing in that part of the country.
The leader of Nigeria's extremist Islamic sect threatens to burn down more schools and kill teachers. But he denies his fighters are killing children.
The leader of the radical Islamic terrorist network Boko Haram has denied in a video that his group is taking part in any peace talks with Nigeria's government, as fighters linked to the group attacked a military base Sunday, leaving at least 20 people dead.
"You have been going around saying, 'Bring Back Our Girls,' " he says in broken English, mockingly, and with a giant smile. "Bring back our army."
"I trust in Allah. I trust in Allah," Shekau says in the video in a singsongy voice.