Boko Haram leader reports kidnapped girls all well

(AGI) Lagos, July 9 - Boko Haram's self-appointed spiritualleader has said that the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped last Aprilare well. The leader made known that most of them haveconverted to Islam, but those who refused have not been forcedto. "We fight for Sharia," he said, "If Nigeria releases ourprisoners, we will release the girls tomorrow. The girls are ingood health and well-fed. The precepts of Islam consider itunacceptable to kill women and children." . .

(AGI) Lagos, July 9 - Boko Haram's self-appointed spiritualleader has said that the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped last Aprilare well. The leader made known that most of them haveconverted to Islam, but those who refused have not been forcedto. "We fight for Sharia," he said, "If Nigeria releases ourprisoners, we will release the girls tomorrow. The girls are ingood health and well-fed. The precepts of Islam consider itunacceptable to kill women and children." . .