Abubakar Shekau appears in a video, claiming responsibility for the kidnapping and threatening to sell the girls:
I abducted your girls. By Allah, I will sell them in the marketplace
An intermediary who has said Boko Haram is ready to negotiate ransoms for the girls also said two of the girls have died of snakebites and about 20 are ill. He said Christians among the girls have been forced to convert to Islam.