Nigeria kidnappings 'outrageous, heartbreaking': Obama
Published on May 7, 2014 9:28 AM
KANO, Nigeria (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday described the kidnapping of more than 220 schoolgirls by Islamists in Nigeria as "heartbreaking" and "outrageous" as Washington deployed military experts in the hunt for the children.
Mr Obama urged global action against Boko Haram and confirmed Nigerian leaders had accepted an offer to deploy US personnel there, soon after residents said the extremist group had seized eight more girls, aged between 12 and 15, again in the embattled northeast.
The first group of girls were taken three weeks ago, and concerns have been mounting about their fate after Boko Haram chief Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility, saying his group was holding the schoolgirls as "slaves" and threatening to "sell them in the market".
Speaking to US broadcaster ABC, Mr Obama said: "It's a heartbreaking situation, outrageous situation."
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