Boko Haram Leader Taunts Abducted Girls' Families
The leader of the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram is taunting the families of the 200 schoolgirls the terrorist group kidnapped in Nigeria six months ago.
In a new video Abubakar Shekau laughs at the parents and tells them all the young girls have converted to Islam and have been married off.
"If you knew the state your daughters are in today, it might lead some of you...to die from grief," Shekau sneers.
Last month, the Nigerian government said they had reached a ceasefire agreement for Boko Haram to release the girls. Now those hopes have been completely dashed.
In the new video, Shekau wears a camouflage tunic and pants and the black and white flag of al Qaeda is by his side. He is flanked by masked and armed fighters standing in front of four military pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns.
Shekau denies in the video that he has agreed to any truce and says he is dedicated to fighting and dying as an Islamic martyr to guarantee him a place in paradise.
"You people should understand that we only obey Allah; we tread the path of the Prophet. We hope to die on this path ... Our goal is the garden of eternal bliss," he says.
In August, Shekau announced that Boko Haram was establishing an Islamic caliphate like the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
Fleeing Nigerians have reported that hundreds of people are being detained under strict Islamic law, known as Shariah, established by Boko Haram in several towns and villages.