Boko Haram wants to swap 300 kidnapped girls for jailed members

First Published by IANS on 10 May, 2014 at 02:57 AM IST under World

Abuja: Former Boko Haram negotiator, Shehu Sani has said the group plans to exchange the 300 kidnapped schoolgirls for its “comrades” in jails in Nigeria, media reported Friday.

Sani allegedly said that nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped last month in the country by Islamist militants could be released in exchange for its jailed comrades, the Nigerian Tribune reported.

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He believed the video, in which Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau threatened to sell the girls as slaves, showed he was planning to use them as “bargaining chips”.

Sani said he believed the footage, released Monday, was an attempt to persuade the Nigerian government to release the Islamist militant prisoners.

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Last Updated on May 10, 2014 at 12:31 PM IST


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