Monday, May 13, 2013

Nigeria's Boko Haram releases hostage video

Report updates from BBC news that Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram has abducted women and children in response to the arrest of its members' wives and children, it says. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video, showing women and children purportedly being held. If confirmed, these would be the first Nigerians taken hostage by Boko Haram.In the video, Mr Shekau also said the group was behind two recent attacks in the north-east, which left an estimated 240 people dead.The group has rejected an amnesty offered by the government to end the insurgency that has killed at least some 2,000 people in the past three years.'Infants detained'
In a single house in Damaturu, eight of our women and 14 children were arrested”Abubaker Shekau Boko Haram leader Boko Haram has repeatedly accused the security forces of illegally detaining the relatives of its members, saying their release was a pre-condition for any truce. In the video, Mr Shekau did not name the women and children whom he said the group had seized, or say how many they were."We kidnapped some women and children, including teenage girls," he said.This was in response to the securing forces arresting women, children and infants related to Boko Haram members in Kano, Bauchi and Damaturu, Mr Shekau said."In a single house in Damaturu, eight of our women and 14 children were arrested," he said.
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