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Nigeria kidnap girls 'married off'

The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group denies agreeing to a ceasefire and says more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls have all converted to Islam and been married off.

Abubakar Shekau dashed hopes for a prisoner exchange to get the girls released and says "in this war, there is no going back".

He spoke in a video released late on Friday night and received by The Associated Press.

Nigeria's military chief announced two weeks ago that Boko Haram had agreed to an immediate ceasefire to end a five-year insurgency that has killed thousands and driven hundreds of thousands from their homes in north-east Nigeria.

But attacks and abductions have continued. Boko Haram's kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in April prompted an international protest campaign.


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