Boko Haram video 'shows kidnapped schoolgirls'

KANO • Boko Haram has released a video allegedly of the girls kidnapped from Chibok in 2014, showing some who are still alive and claiming others died in air strikes.

The video is the latest release from embattled Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, who earlier this month denied claims that he had been replaced as the leader of the Nigerian terrorist group.

"They should know that their children are still in our hands," said a man whose face was covered by a turban in the video posted yesterday on YouTube.

"Some of them have died as a result of aerial bombardment," he said in the video, which shows girls with veils sitting on the ground and standing in the background.

The mass kidnapping of 276 Chibok schoolgirls in April 2014 provoked global outrage and brought unprecedented attention on the Boko Haram conflict, in which at least 20,000 people have been killed since 2009.

Throughout last year, the Nigerian military announced the rescue of hundreds of people kidnapped by Boko Haram.

But the missing schoolgirls were not among them.

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