Abducted Chibok Girls: Boko Haram Releases New Video
A new video on the Chibok Girls has reportedly been released by the terrorist group Boko Haram, appearing to show some of the schoolgirls they abducted from Chibok in Borno state, Northeast Nigeria over two years ago.
News of the video release first emerged on twitter, with Nigerian Blogger, Ahmad Salkida claiming it was sent to him by the Abubakar Shekau faction of the Boko Haram.
This will be the third video released by the insurgents, and the second this year, after a video showing Proof of Life of the abducted Chibok Girls was earlier obtained by CNN in April.
The video shows a gun-toting insurgent carrying out a mock interview with one of the girls, who is being prompted to ask the government to release imprisoned Boko Haram fighters in return for the girls’ freedom.
Another scene in the video also shows bodies on the ground, which the group suggests are those killed by military airstrikes.
The kidnapping of over 270 schoolgirls from Government Secondary School Chibok in April 2014 sparked global outrage with calls for their release highlighted in an online campaign “Bring Back Our Girls”.
Recently reports emerged of a split in the ranks of the insurgent group, with a splinter group led by Shekau’s erstwhile second-in-command Abu Musab Al-Barnawi breaking away to form a rival faction.
No fewer than 218 girls are believed to still be in the group’s captivity while 58 escaped their captors.