- Some of the girls have been killed in air strikes by Nigerian Military -Boko Haram
- We are studying the video clips to verify its authenticity.
- The operation is done through precision attack on identified and registered targets and locations.
- Airstrikes are controlled by professionally trained officers who coordinate the strike with friendly ground troops, after a lot of surveillance to limit casualty on the ground –Nigerian Military.
The Boko Haram sects has released a new video showing some of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls they are holding hostage since 2014.
Some 50 girls wearing headscarves are seen behind a Boko Haram militant who demands the release of fighters in return for freeing the girls.
The militant also says some of the girls have been killed in air strikes by Nigerian Military.
Boko Haram seized 276 final-year girls from a school in the northern town in April 2014 and 40 of them are said to have been forcibly married.
Non-Muslims were forcibly converted to Islam, and it is feared that many of the schoolgirls have been sexually abused and forced into “marriage” by their captors.
A leading member of the Bring Back Our Girls movement which campaigns for their release told BBC News after watching the video that she was terrified by what she had seen.
“Everybody should be disturbed by the conditions of the girls,” Aisha Yesufu said.
Meanwhile, the Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, said the military is examining the video clip to verify its authenticity.
Abubakar said: “Currently, we are studying the video clips to verify its authenticity and analysing the comments of the speakers in the video, especially the terrorist member and the girl that spoke in mother tongue.”
Abubakar disputed allegations in the video that some of the kidnapped girls were hit by an airstrike.
He said: “It is extremely difficult and rare to hit innocent people during airstrike because the operation is done through precision attack on identified and registered targets and locations.
“The Precision Airstrike is very effective at taking out targeted enemies because it is not a random operation.
“We are nevertheless studying the video clips to examine if the victims died from other causes rather from the allegation of airstrike.”
PRNigeria said it gathered that the Nigerian Air Force through its Component in Operation Lafiya Dole has focused on sustaining air operations and providing support to ground troops of the Armed Forces’ bid to rid Nigeria of the Boko Haram insurgency.
Airstrikes are controlled by professionally trained officers who coordinate the strike with friendly ground troops, after a lot of surveillance to limit casualty on the ground.
Sources: BBC News, Eagle Online