Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group, has threatened to sell off all the girls it abducted three weeks ago.
Abubakar Shekau, leader of the insurgent group, while claiming responsibility for the kidnap, in a video obtained by the AFP news agency, said the girls should not have been in school in the first place, but rather should get married.
“God instructed me to sell them, they are his properties and I will carry out his instructions,” he said.
The Boko Haram leader however did not state the number of girls abducted, nor where they were taken to.
The girls were taken from their school in Chibok, in the northern state of Borno, on the night of 14 April. About 230 girls are still believed to be missing, prompting widespread criticism of the Nigerian government. The Boko Haram insurgency has left thousands dead since 2009.
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