The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group dashed hopes for the release of 200 kidnapped girls today (November 1, 2014), denying reports of a truce with the government, according to the USA Today website.
In a new video message, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau says the schoolgirls -- who were Christians -- have converted to Islam and married off. "The issue of the girls is long forgotten because I have long married them off," he says, laughing.
Today's news goes counter to what the Nigerian government said two weeks ago when it announced a cease-fire deal with the terrorist organization, raising hopes among the families of the kidnapped girls -- who were taken from the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok in April -- that their daughters would soon be released.
But as the weeks dragged on with no sign of the kidnapped girls, hopes began to fade. It is now believed that the Nigerian government may have made a truce two weeks ago with one faction of Boko Haram -- a faction that really did not have the authority to make such a truce.