A new video has been released by the leader of Boko Haram, who says he will free the nearly 300 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the terror group one month ago, if detained members of his terror group are released from Nigerian prisons.
The 27-minute video gives the world its first glimpse of some of the teenage girls who were kidnapped in mid-April from their boarding school in the northern state of Borno.
About a hundred and 36 girls are shown in the video, just under half of the total abducted.
They are seen dressed in colorless hijabs, many of them barefoot, citing the first verse of the Koran.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in the video says the schoolgirls have converted to Islam.
"By Allah, these girls will not leave our hands until you release our brothers in your prison, We will not let them go until you release our brothers."
Nigeria's interior minister has rejected the offer, but the information ministry said all options would be explored.
Local officials have begun distributing the video to families of the victims in an attempt to identify them.
The nation is now getting international help in securing their release.
The U.S. and UK already have teams on the ground and an Israeli counter-terrorism team is on its way to the country.
French President Francois Holland also invited European and American officials, along with leaders from Chad, Cameroon and Niger to a summit on Saturday that will focus on countering the prolonged Boko Haram threat.
The militant group has been engaged in a violent campaign against the Nigerian government since 2009.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.