Washington: The leader of an Islamist militant group, which abducted hundreds of teenage girls from a school in northeast Nigeria, has vowed to sell them as sex slaves.

In a videotape, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the April 15 kidnappings for the first time, and also threatened to attack more schools and take additional girls.

According to Fox News, the leader of Boko Haram, which means ‘Western education is sinful’, said he abducted the girls, describing them as ‘slaves’.

Shekau added that by Allah, he will sell them in the marketplace.

The hour-long video starts with fighters lofting automatic rifles and shooting in the air as they chant ‘Allahu akbar!’ or ‘God is great’.

Nigeria’s police have said more than 300 girl, aged between 16 and 18, were abducted. Of that number, 276 remain in captivity and 53 escaped, the report added.

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