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Security: Boko Haram signals willingness to negotiate over abducted girls

Lagos, Nigeria - Nigeria's terror sect Boko Haram Monday signalled its intention to negotiate the release of the over 200 school girls with the authorities, following the release of a new video by sect leader Abubakar Shekau.


Shekau, in the new video reported by the local media, said the government must free all the Boko Haram detainees across the country if it wants the girls freed.

The video also purported to show some of the girls wearing the traditional Muslim hijab (in grey and black) covering their entire body, with the exception of the face.

Mr. Shekau also claimed that most of the girls have converted from Christianity to Islam, while the video also shows an interview with some of the girls who identified themselves by their names.

In an earlier video, Shekau had claimed responsibility for the abductions, from a secondary school in Chibok, North-east Nigeria, 27 days ago and vowed to sell off the girls for as little as US$12.

Experts from Britain and the US are already in Nigeria to assist the government in finding and rescuing the girls.

Canada, China, France, Israel, ECOWAS and the UN have also offered assistance to Nigeria on the abductions.

Pana 12/05/2014