Boko Haram threatens to ‘sell’ abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

BY Justin Scuiletti  May 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM EST

A woman carries placard to press for the release of missing Chibok school girls during a rally by civil society in Lagos on May 5, 2014. Photo by Pius Utomi Expei/AFP/Getty Images

A woman carries placard to press for the release of missing Chibok school girls during a rally by civil society in Lagos on May 5, 2014. Photo by Pius Utomi Expei/AFP/Getty Images

Boko Haram claimed responsibility Monday for the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from a boarding school in northeast Nigeria on April 15.

A new video, obtained by Agence France-Presse, showed Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau standing alongside masked individuals in front of armored vehicles, threatening to sell the abductees.

“I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah,” he said.

In the video, Shekau ranted against democracy in addition to calling for Western education to end. Boko Haram, translated from the local Hausa language, means “Western education is forbidden.”

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan vowed on Sunday the government would do what they could to rescue the abducted girls. “Wherever these girls are, we’ll get them out.”