A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. AFP PHOTO/BOKO HARAM
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Boko Haram released a new video on Monday claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls and alleging the teenagers had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed.The group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, speaks on the video obtained by AFP for 17 minutes before showing what he said were the girls, in Muslim dress and praying in an undisclosed rural location.Shekau does not appear in the same shot as the girls at any point during the 27-minute video.The militant leader said that Boko Haram's brothers in arms had been held in prison for up to five years and suggested that the girls would be released if the fighters were freed.There was no immediate response to the Boko Haram video from Nigeria's government but President Jonathan has previously said that he believed the girls were still in Nigeria and would be freed soon.
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