Boko Haram leader says he’ll sell abducted school girls

Whatapp News

By Aminu Abubakar

(CNN) – A man claiming to be ’s has said he’ll sell the more than 200 that the Islamist militant group abducted from a rural Nigerian last month.

“I abducted your . I will sell them in the market, by Allah,” a man claiming to be Abubakar Shekau in a video, according to a CNN translation from the local Hausa language. “There is a market for selling humans. Allah I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women.”

The nearly hourlong video, first obtained Monday by Agence France-Presse, appears to be ’s first public confirmation that it abducted the on April 14 in northeastern Nigeria’s restive Borno state.

According to accounts, armed members of overwhelmed security guards at the all-girls in Chibok, pulled the girls out of bed and forced them into trucks. The convoy of trucks then disappeared into the dense forest bordering Cameroon.

On Friday, Nigerian authorities updated the number of girls kidnapped to 276. At least 53 of the girls escaped, leaving 223 in the hands of their captors, police said.

Authorities said the number of missing girls could grow as police fill in spotty enrollment records.