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Nigeria rejects Boko Haram prisoner swap for hostage schoolgirls

Published on May 12, 2014 10:09 PM
 
A student holds a sign with an image of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau as she protests for the release of the abducted secondary school girls in the remote village of Chibok, along a road in Lagos May 12, 2014. Nigeria on Monday rejected conditions set out by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls held hostage by the Islamists. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ABUJA (AFP) - Nigeria on Monday rejected conditions set out by Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls held hostage by the Islamists.

Asked if the government would reject the suggestion by Shekau in a new video that the girls may be released once Nigeria frees all militant prisoners, Interior Minister Abba Moro told AFP: "Of course."

"The issue in question is not about Boko Haram... giving conditions," he said.

Shekau made the claim in a video obtained by AFP on Monday claiming to show about 130 of the 276 girls abducted from their school in the remote northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, on April 14.

 
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