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Tag: Boko Haram

FBI Agents Part of U.S. Team to Help Nigerian Government Search for Abducted Schoolgirls

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. are sending nearly 30 experts to from the FBI and State and Defense departments to help the Nigerian government track down nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls, the Washington Post reports.

Among those helping are four FBI officials specialize in recovering kidnap victims, negotiations and preventing future cases.

About 276 girls are still missing after a terrorist group, Boko Haram, kidnapped them from their school in remote northeastern Nigeria.

A video from the group’s leader said the girls won’t be returned until some of his detainees are freed by the government.

“We have no reason to question its authenticity,” State Department spokesman Jay Carney said. “Our intelligence experts are combing over every detail of it for clues that might help in the ongoing efforts to secure the release of the girls.”

FBI Agents Ready to Be Deployed to Nigeria to Help Find 276 Teenage Girls Abducted from Nigerian School

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If help is requested, FBI agents may be deployed to Nigeria to help search for 276 teenage girls abducted from a school, ABC News reports. The news comes after the leader of Boko Haram, an African Islamist group, pledged to sell the girls as slaves.

“God has commanded me to sell them,” the leader, Abubakar Shekau, said.

Critics of the group derided Shekau as an attention-seeker with a “rowdy, unemployed, African youth who are looking for a target for their grievances and they’re lashing out at anyone available.”

The girls, ages 16 to 18, who were studying for final exams, were kidnapped at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria on April 15.

“Last week, the attorney general told U.S. intelligence agencies to prepare a report for him on the kidnapping of the 300 girls in Nigeria and also requested an assessment of Boko Haram, the militant group behind the kidnapping,” a government official told ABC News.

The U.S. is waiting to hear back on the need for U.S. help.