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Extremist video shows abducted girls praying

In this photo taken Sunday May 11, 2014. A soldier and other government officials inspect the bridge that was bombed following an attack by Islamic militants last week in Gambaru, Nigeria. Many brutalized residents of the once bustling town of Gamboru say they are moving across the border to Cameroon because they cannot trust the Nigerian government to protect them, after repeated attacks by Islamic militants, including an attack a few days ago that killed some hundreds of people with more than 1,000 shops, dozens of homes and 314 trucks and cars bombed and burned out. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola) -
In this photo taken Sunday May 11, 2014. A soldier and other government officials inspect the bridge that was bombed following an attack by Islamic militants last week in Gambaru, Nigeria. Many brutalized residents of the once bustling town of Gamboru say they are moving across the border to Cameroon because they cannot trust the Nigerian government to protect them, after repeated attacks by Islamic militants, including an attack a few days ago that killed some hundreds of people with more than 1,000 shops, dozens of homes and 314 trucks and cars bombed and burned out. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)
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By The Associated Press

LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's Islamic extremist leader says nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls will not be seen until the government frees his detained fighters.

A new video from Nigeria's homegrown Boko Haram terrorist network purports to show some of the girls and young women, covered in hijab and reciting prayers in Arabic. It is the first video evidence of them since more than 300 were kidnapped from a northeastern school in the pre-dawn hours of April 15 — four weeks ago.

Leader Abubakar Shekau cradles an assault rifle in the video received Monday and says: "I swear to almighty Allah you will not see them again until you release our people that you have captured."

It is not known how many suspected Boko Haram members are detained by security forces.

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