Boko Haram rebels say ready to exchange kidnapped Nigerian girls for prisoners

by Reuters
Monday, 12 May 2014 09:49 GMT

A mother and her daughter join protesters in a sit-in protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls in the remote village of Chibok, in Abuja, Nigeria, May 10, 2014. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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PARIS, May 12 (Reuters) - Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Nigeria's Islamist Boko Haram militants, said on Monday he would release more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by his fighters in exchange for prisoners, according to a video seen by Agence France-Presse.

The French news agency said the 17-minute video showed about 100 girls wearing full veils praying in an undisclosed location. (Reporting By John Irish; Editing by John Stonestreet)