Boko Haram, the group that claims it abducted more than 200 school girls last month from a village in northeast Nigeria, is now threatening to sell the girls, according to a new video released on Monday.
“I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah,” the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, said on the video, according to Reuters.
The Islamic extremists are apparently loosely affiliated with other terrorist groups, according to CNN.
Boko Haram is a terrorist group receiving training from al Qaeda affiliates, according to US officials. Its name means "Western education is sin." In his nearly hourlong, rambling video, Shekau repeatedly called for Western education to end.
This recent development unfolded as two women on Monday were arrested for protesting the Nigerian government’s slow response to the abductions, according to The New York Times.
The apparent arrest of the two protest leaders, both from the town where the schoolgirls were seized on April 14, highlighted the Nigerian government's sensitivity over the kidnappings, particularly as the country prepares to host a major economic summit this week in the capital, Abuja. By early afternoon, one of the women had been released, protest leaders said, but the other -- Naomi Mutah Nyadar -- remained in police custody.
Boko Haram reportedly continued its wave of terror on Monday by destroying a village in northeast Nigeria and shooting residents who tried to escape the ambush, according to AFP.
"They have burnt the market, customs office, police station and almost every shop in the town and killed many people but I can't say how many," said Musa Abba, a resident of Gamboru Ngala in an account supported by several others. "They have taken over the whole town."
Nigerian president Goodluck Johnson swore to CNN that he would find the girls, but not before assigning at least partial blame to relatives of the abducted girls.
But he also criticized the girls' parents, saying they weren't cooperating fully with police. "What we request is maximum cooperation from the guardians and the parents of these girls. Because up to this time, they have not been able to come clearly, to give the police clear identity of the girls that have yet to return," he said.
276 girls were abducted on April 14, and 53 ultimately escaped.Follow Bruce Wright on Twitter @bctw or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.