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New Boko Haram video shows abducted girls praying

Boko Haram Video Claims To Show Kidnapped Nigerian Girls
By MICHELLE FAUL

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - A new video from Nigeria's Boko Haram purports to show schoolgirls, covered in hijab and reciting prayers in Arabic, who are being held captive by the Islamic extremists.

The girls are seated on the ground, barefoot, the first video evidence of them since more than 300 were kidnapped from a northeastern school in the predawn hours of April 15 - four weeks ago.

Some appear fearful, others desolate, as two are called to the front and questioned by an unseen man.

"Why have you become a Muslim?" the man asks one.

"The reason why I became a Muslim is because the path we are on is not the right path," the girl says, nervously turning her body from side to side, her eyes darting off to the side. "We should enter the right path so that Allah will be happy with us."

She looks to be in her early teens. She says her real name has been changed to Halima since she converted from Christianity to Islam. Like the other girls, she is wearing a hijab, a piece of cloth that covers whole body and the back of head but not the face.

A second girl, who looks in her mid-teens, was asked if the girls had been ill-treated in any way. She denied it, saying they experienced no harassment "except righteousness."

Families have said most girls abducted are Christians.

In Chibok, the town from which they were stolen, parents were turning on a generator, hoping they can watch the video and identify their daughters, said one of the town's civil leaders, Pogu Bitrus.

"There's an atmosphere of hope, hope that these girls are alive, whether they have been forced to convert to Islam or not," he told The Associated Press by telephone. "We want to be able to say 'These are our girls.'"

The video shows about 100 of the girls, indicating they may have been broken up into smaller groups as some reports have indicated, Bitrus said.

Fifty-three escaped by themselves and 276 are missing, police say.

Bitrus said he already had looked at the video and that the surroundings appear very like the Sambisa Forest, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Chibok, into which the girls first were carried.

In a video last week, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau threatened to sell the girls into slavery. It arrived amid unverified reports that Christians among the students have been forced to convert to Islam, that some have been forced to marry their abductors and that some may have been taken to neighboring Cameroon and Chad. Boko Haram means "Western education is sinful."

The video received Monday by The Associated Press came through channels that have provided previous messages from Shekau, who speaks in the video in the Hausa language of northern Nigeria. He is shown in military fatigues cradling an assault rifle on the video that is imprinted with the Boko Haram insignia of a Quran resting on two crossed assault rifles and below the black Jihadi flag.

The United States put a $7 million ransom on Shekau last year.

The mass abductions and failure of Nigeria's government and military to rescue them has roused national and international outrage. Last week Nigeria belatedly accepted offers of help from the United States, Britain and others.



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lindamermaid May 12 2014 at 2:16 PM

Big problem. Simple solution. Buy the girls. Take the girls home. Then kill the kidnappers.

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Jen lindamermaid May 12 2014 at 2:46 PM

I kinda like that solution. It might just work.

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Jen May 12 2014 at 2:47 PM

It is so obvious that these poor girl's are being told what to say in fear of torture, rape, threats to their families and death. This Boko Haram needs to be weeded out and stopped. This goes so much deeper than we know. I am just praying for these girls and their loved ones.

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dan_crabtree May 12 2014 at 2:49 PM

Nothing new here....as a third world nation of idiots remains a third world nation of idiots (still)...possibly another three hundred miliion dollars or so of u.s taxpayers money may convince them to stop buring chistian kids and kidnappng girls to quench there never ending sexual cravings of breeding.....could immigrate all to america where the will have to follow a strict line of behaviour to collect gov aid...and that would be yet another voing block for the demos as well...."hummmm".. are you listening Mr. President ?.

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blackbelt.ron May 12 2014 at 2:49 PM

Too bad Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
refused to put Boko Haram on America's Terrorist List.
Looks like Hillary's failure to answer that "3 a.m." Benghazi phone call
was not the only disaster caused by her time in that office.

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tennisstupid blackbelt.ron May 12 2014 at 3:00 PM

the only 3 am phone this administration will jump out of bed for if its for the tea party

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dtkr1 May 12 2014 at 2:50 PM

I'm so proud that Micky OBLAMA posted her plea on social media.. And LMAO that Boko Haram showed how much they cared.

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Gina May 12 2014 at 2:54 PM

Of course the entire world knows those girls aren't converted to being Muslim. They are only doing what they are told for fear of their lives! REAL men don't steal little girls. REAL men don't force anyone to convert to other religions. Those aren't men.. they are VILE PIGS that don't have the education to live in a civil society. They should be shot on sight and give those girls back to their families! It's such a joke that they are trying to force them to be Muslim. You have to have it in your heart to be what ever religion you are. Even GOD himself wouldn't want someone to be forced to be something they aren't..

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onionson Gina May 12 2014 at 4:39 PM

Of course the entire world knows that some of these girls are being converted into Muslims. Maybe not all but some will be converted. IF there are Gods THEN the main one does not want anyone to be forced because he made it a point to give us free will but the others, IF the Bible is true will use any tactic including force.

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onionson Gina May 12 2014 at 4:42 PM

The Bible and many religions say there are many Gods. Which God are you talking about??

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napa422 May 12 2014 at 2:54 PM

WHY DO WE WASTE TIME, ENERGY AND RESOURCES ON THESE SAVAGES???

LET'S START MAKING AMERICA A BETTER PLACE, OBAMA!!!!!!

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Sara-Marie May 12 2014 at 2:57 PM

This is not our fight. We need to stay away from this! I feel bad for the girls and hope they are all returned.

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strohmaster May 12 2014 at 2:57 PM

My friends, the koran permit women to be treated like livestock They can be sold and if over 10 years old can be violated. Muslems should read the koran and the bible to see where the better treatment might be.

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ballhairball11 strohmaster May 12 2014 at 3:04 PM

Curious, have you read the bible?

where it not only sanctions slavery, but it also gives a full explanation how to endocrine your child and daughter into slavery?

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mdkbdshan ballhairball11 May 12 2014 at 3:35 PM

There is nowhere in biblical scripture that God commands slavery. Slavery written about in the Bible was not based exclusively on race. People were not enslaved because of their nationality or the color of their skin. In Bible times, slavery was based more on economics; it was a matter of social status. People sold themselves as slaves when they could not pay their debts or provide for their families.

Another crucial point is that the purpose of the Bible is to point the way to salvation, not to reform society.

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onionson ballhairball11 May 12 2014 at 4:11 PM

I have read it and you are wrong. Try to read it AND understand it and in the future give us a specific example of what you are talking about.

You could also use some reading AND understanding of the word endocrine. Perhaps your inability to read AND understand explains your statement about the Bible.

Your chosen screen name still makes me....HAHAHAHA

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Gayle strohmaster May 12 2014 at 3:23 PM

Baloney. I have read the Koran.. Stop propagandizing.

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onionson Gayle May 12 2014 at 4:14 PM

While he might not have explained it perfectly he is technically correct under the right circumstances. It does say that one day all must be converted or die so I would take any propagandizing I can get if I were you.

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olympictorchrun4 May 12 2014 at 2:58 PM

Since the racist Obama cannot handle his government job, he has been involved in some police cases that is not his business when he said in 2009: "A Boston police officer should not rush to judgement about a possible burglary in progress after a black professor who refused to identified himself was handcuffed." Three years later in a Florida black teenager shooting Obama said: "Trayvon Martin could have been my son." Recently his wife copied him by saying their two daughters could have been among the abducted school girls in Nigeria and that their heart is broken. They're talking about sending troops on a deadly mission to rescue the girls. This kind of pretended WH reaction comes in a time when the Benghazi terror attack finally will be officially investigated. Obviously they're trying to make themselves feel and look good and at the same time to fool the American people. Why were not the Obama's heart broken when our Embassy in Benghazi was terrorized that killed our ambassador and three brave Americans? Why has the Commander-in-Chief ignored sending help to rescue American life's? Why was he and his staff lying about it to save his re-election? Isn't saving life top priority over re-election campaigning? Isn't he politically responsible for saving and protecting American life's or is this the job of the police department?

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