A man purporting to be a Boko Haram fighter said the Islamist militant group plans to bomb Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, in a video seen by Reuters.
“More bombs attacks are on the way, including Abuja you feel is secured,” said the man in the video, obtained by Sahara Reporters, a US-based journalism website and Nigerian journalist Ahmad Salkida.
Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the video. The man spoke in Hausa, widely used in northern Nigeria and held a rifle while flanked by four other armed men.
Nigeria’s state security agency, the Department of State Services (DSS), in April said it thwarted plans by Boko Haram militants linked to Islamic State to attack the British and US embassies in Abuja.
In a second video seen by Reuters, one of a group of four females covered in full-length Muslim veils claiming to be among the abducted Chibok girls said she did not want to return home.
“We don’t want to reunite with our parents because they are not worshipping Allah and I urge you to join us,” she said, holding a rifle and speaking in Hausa. She added: “We have not been forcefully married to anybody. Marriage is based on your wish.”
Reuters was also not immediately able to verify the authenticity of the video.
Mediator and lawyer Zannah Mustapha said some abducted girls refused to be released, fuelling fears they have been radicalised.