The Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram has released a video mocking the international “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign that calls for the return of more than 276 schoolgirls kidnapped in April.
The 16-minute video, obtained by Agence France-Press, appears to show Boko Haram’s leader Abu Bakr Shekau surrounded by several gunmen.
“‘Bring Back Our Girls.’ Oh! Bring back our army,” Shekau said.
He demanded that the Nigerian government release detained insurgents in exchange for the schoolgirls.
“I trust in Allah,” he said.
The “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign aims to put pressure on the government to secure the release of the schoolgirls, who were taken from their classrooms by Boko Haram.
Activists have staged demonstrations in cities worldwide, while leaders and celebrities - including U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousufzai - have voiced their support.
Boko Haram’s insurgency, aimed at establishing an Islamist state, has killed thousands since 2009.