Boko Haram claims Nigeria schoolgirls abduction in new video

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(AFP) – Boko Haram on Monday said it was responsible for the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in northern Nigeria that has led to growing international outrage and demands for an immediate rescue mission.

Abuja : Former Nigerian Education Minister and Vice-President of the World Bank's Africa division (3r L) Obiageli leads a march of Nigeria women and mothers of the kidnapped girls of Chibok, calling for their freedom in Abuja on April 30, 2014.

Abuja : Former Nigerian Education Minister and Vice-President of the World Bank’s Africa division (3r L) Obiageli leads a march of Nigeria women and mothers of the kidnapped girls of Chibok, calling for their freedom in Abuja on April 30, 2014.

“I abducted your girls,” the Islamist group’s leader Abubakar Shekau said in the 57-minute video obtained by AFP, referring to the 276 students kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Borno state, on April 14.

Fifty-three of the girls managed to escape from the militants but 223 were still being held, state police said last Friday.

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