Mother identifies daughter on video of abducted Nigeria girls

2014-05-13 13:01

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Abuja – The mother of an abducted Nigerian schoolgirl has identified her daughter in a video posted by rebel group Boko Haram that showed dozens of girls in captivity, a school leader has said.

The mother watched the video on television yesterday evening and spotted her daughter among the girls sitting on the ground and wearing veils, said Dumoma Mpur, parent-teachers association chairman at Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, northeastern Nigeria.

The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, issued the video yesterday offering to release more than 200 schoolgirls, who were kidnapped from the school in a raid on April 15, in exchange for prisoners held by the government. It was not immediately apparent when the video of the girls was filmed.

“The video got parents apprehensive again after watching it, but the various steps taken by the governments and the coming of the foreign troops is boosting our spirit, even though I have not seen any soldiers in Chibok yet,” Mpur said by telephone.

The Nigerian government said it was exploring all options in its effort to rescue the girls. The US and Britain have sent experts to help with the search and Nigeria has sent two divisions to the northeastern border region.

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