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Boko Haram release video showing abducted school children

Terrorist group, Boko Haram, has released a video showing teenagers purportedly abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.

Gunmen had invaded the school premises last Friday and abducted over 300 students after a gun duel with the police.

The abduction took place some hours after the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), arrived in Daura, Katsina for a week-long private visit.

The leader of the terror group, Abubakar Shekau, later released a video claiming responsibility for the dastardly act.

The Defence Headquarters has, however, discredited the claim, insisting the act was carried out by bandits.

But a fresh video released by Boko Haram and made public on Thursday shows teenagers believed to be the Kankara schoolboys.

The six minutes and 30 seconds long video features speeches purportedly from Shekau and a teenager believed to be one of the abducted schoolboys.

According to AFP, the video was sent via the same channel as previous messages by Boko Haram.

The distraught teenager, speaking in English and Hausa in the video, said he was among the students taken by “the gang of Abu Shekau.”

Scores of other young boys could be seen behind him, all covered in dust and appearing to be within a forest area.

“I earlier released an audio confirming our people did God’s work, but people denied it. Here are my men, and your children have spoken,” a voice claiming to be Shekau said in the video.

Shekau was behind the 2014 abduction of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok that sparked global outrage.

#BringBackOurBoys started trending on social media, in reference to a similar hashtag after the Chibok kidnappings. Non-state actors had also abducted scores of schoolgirls from Dapchi, Yobe State.

Small protests to push for the boys’ release took place in Katsina as well as in the capital Abuja on Thursday.

Source: Punch

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