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Nigerian terrorist group threatens to sell kidnapped girls
NIGERIA (CBS News) -- Officials in Nigeria believe a terrorist group, which has already kidnapped more than 200 school girls, abducted another eight overnight
In this video the leader of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram threatened to kidnap more girls - and last night police and residents in a northeastern village say another eight girls were taken.
Monday the group claimed responsibility for the abduction of more than 200 girls from a Nigerian school in mid-April. The leader says the girls will be sold as wives.
Bronwyn Bruton is an expert on African extremism. She says Boko Haram will take as little as twelve dollars for each girl. "They would be sex slaves, essentially. They would bare children for the commanders. They would cook, they would clean, they would carry things. They would live a life of servitude. They would effectively be slaves."
The U.S. is offering assistance to the Nigerian government but after three weeks the Nigerian military has been unable to find the girls. "They've been so violent that I think the population is really afraid to deal with them in any way and that's one of the reasons it's been so difficult to find these girls."
Parents of the girls say the government has provided little help. "They did not even believe it that the girls were abducted."
Boko Haram has a long history of targeting schools in Nigeria and it's name, translated into English, means "western education is sinful."
Boko Haram claims it wants to set up an Islamic state in Nigeria and operate under Sharia Law.