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Boko Haram leader confirms he will sell abducted Nigerian girls

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Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, produced an hour-long video taking responsibility for the April 15 abduction of hundreds of Nigerian school girls.

“I abducted your girls,” Shekau said on the tape, which was obtained by the Associated Press.

Shekau referred to the girls as “slaves” and said “By Allah, I will sell them in the marketplace.”

Shekau also threatened to attack more schools and abduct more girls, saying that the current hostages “will remain slaves with us.”

“They are slaves and I will sell them because I have the market to sell them,” Shekau said.

The terrorist leader seemed to taunt the international community by claiming what he had done was not a human rights abuse.

“What do you know about human rights?” Shekau said to the international community. “You're just claiming human rights [abuses], but you don't know what it is.”

An intermediary has claimed Boko Haram is ready to negotiate, and that of the 276 still in captivity, two have died from snakebites and 20 have fallen ill, according to the AP. Abducted Christians have been forced to convert to Islam.

Fifty-three girls have reportedly escaped.

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