U.S. security team to help Nigeria find 276 kidnapped girls

May 6, 2014 | By | Reply More

May 06, – Three weeks after nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria, the White House announced it’s dispatching a U.S. security team to aid in the rescue operation. “Time is of the essence,” spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday.

hromedia U.S. security team to help Nigeria find 276 kidnapped girls intl. news2Word that the U.S. is preparing to send military and law enforcement personnel to Nigeria comes as the government there is facing a fierce backlash over its handling of the April 15 mass abductions.

Carney said the U.S. team will share expertise in intelligence, investigations, hostage negotiating and victim assistance.

No other details were immediately known. Roughly 220 girls — some as young as 9 — remain missing.

The Al Qaeda-trained terrorist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the brazen abductions.

The plight of the kidnapped girls gained renewed attention Monday when the leader of the group, Abubakar Shekau, threatened to sell of the girls as slaves.

Suspected Boko Harem gunmen on Tuesday kidnapped eight more girls — aged 12 to 15 — from a village near the terrorist group’s stronghold in the northeast, Reuters reported. In the earlier assault, the armed militants burst inside the school in the dead of night, according to a 16-year-old girl who provided the first detailed account of the attack.

They herded together the students at the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School claiming to be soldiers on a rescue mission.

“Don’t worry, we’re soldiers,” recalled the teen who is one of roughly 50 girls who managed to escape. “Nothing is going to happen to you.” As the sound of gunfire crackled in the distance, the men ordered the hundreds of frightened schoolgirls to gather outside.
The self-described soldiers went into a storeroom, cleared out all the food and then set it on fire.

They “started shouting, ‘Allahu Akhbar,’ (God is great),” the student told The Associated Press. “And we knew.”

The shouts of Islam convinced the girls that the men were not government commandos.

But it wouldn’t be until many weeks later that the world would come to learn they were ruthless militants aligned to the Boko Haram terrorist group.
press journalist for HRO Media – Ignacio damigo contributed to this report.


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