Purported Boko Haram fighter says group plans to bomb Nigerian capital -video

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, May 13 (Reuters) - A man purporting to be a Boko Haram fighter said the Islamist militant group plans to bomb Nigeria's capital, Abuja, in a video seen by Reuters on Saturday.

"More bombs attacks are on the way, including Abuja that you feel is secured," said the man in the video which was obtained by Sahara Reporters, a U.S.-based journalism website, and Nigerian journalist Ahmad Salkida.

Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the video.

Nigeria's state security agency, the Department of State Services (DSS), in April said it had thwarted plans by Boko Haram militants linked to Islamic State to attack the British and U.S. embassies in Abuja.

About 82 girls were freed last Saturday in exchange for Boko Haram commanders after being held captive for three years. They were among around 270 kidnapped by the jihadist group from the town of Chibok in northeast Nigeria in April 2014.

In a second video seen by Reuters, one of a group of four females covered in full-length Muslim veils claiming to be among the abducted girls said she did not want to return home.

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A still image taken from video shows a girl sitting with her arm in a sling as a group of girls, released by Boko Haram jihadists after kidnapping them in 2014 in the north Nigerian town of Chibok, are welcomed by officials in Abuja, Nigeria, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/via Reuters TV
A still image taken from video shows a group of girls, released by Boko Haram jihadists after kidnapping them in 2014 in the north Nigerian town of Chibok, sitting in a hall as they are welcomed by officials in Abuja, Nigeria, May 7, 2017. REUTERS/via Reuters TV
Two buses carrying the newly released chibok girls turn under the bridge at the airport junction in Abuja, Nigeria May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde.?
One of the buses carrying the newly released chibok girls leaves the Nnamdi Azikwe international airport in Abuja, Nigeria May 7, 2017. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
Police disrupt a rally by the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, which is protesting in Nigeria's capital Abuja to mark 1,000 days since over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their secondary school in Chibok by Islamist sect Boko Haram, Nigeria January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
Police disrupt a rally by the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, which is protesting in Nigeria's capital Abuja to mark 1,000 days since over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their secondary school in Chibok by Islamist sect Boko Haram, Nigeria January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
Members of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign rally in Nigeria's capital Abuja to mark 1,000 days since over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their secondary school in Chibok by Islamist sect Boko Haram, Nigeria January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
The mother of one of the 21 Chibok school girls released by Boko Haram is seen during the girls' visit to meet President Muhammadu Buhari In Abuja, Nigeria October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
A parent of one of the abducted Chibok school girls cries after the police prevented the parents access to see President Muhammadu Buhari during a rally in Abuja, Nigeria August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
The mother of one of the 21 Chibok school girls released by Boko Haram is seen during the girls' visit to meet President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Nigeria October 19, 2016 REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde
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"We don't want to reunite with our parents because they are not worshipping Allah, and I urge you to join us," she said, holding a rifle and speaking in the Hausa language spoken widely in northern Nigeria. She added: "We have not been forcefully married to anybody. Marriage is based on your wish."

Reuters was not immediately able to verify the authenticity of the video.

Mediator and lawyer Zannah Mustapha said some of the abducted girls refused to be released, fueling fears that they have been radicalized by the jihadists, and may feel afraid or ashamed to return to their old lives. (Additional reporting by Angela Ukomadu in Lagos, Garba Muhammad in Kaduna and Ardo Abdullahi in Bauchi; Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram; Editing by Sandra Maler and Grant McCool)

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