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Boko Haram Leader Described as Ruthless, Radical

The video is grainy. The man speaking is brash, almost laughing at points. But his message is chilling: “I abducted your girls. … By Allah, I will sell them in the marketplace.” With that, Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, finally confirmed this week that the militant Islamic group was responsible for kidnapping nearly 300 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria on April 14. Little is known about Shekau. He may be in his mid 30s or as old as his mid 40s. He rarely speaks directly...

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