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Obama calls for united action against Boko Haram

Published on May 7, 2014 6:43 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged global action against Nigerian Islamic militants, as Washington sent in military experts to help track down more than 200 girls seized in a “heartbreaking” kidnapping.

Mr Obama confirmed that Nigerian leaders had accepted a US offer to deploy experts there, saying “we’ve already sent in a team to Nigeria,” consisting of “military, law enforcement, and other agencies.”

“It’s a heartbreaking situation, outrageous situation,” Mr Obama told US broadcaster ABC.

But “this may be the event that helps to mobilize the entire international community to finally do something against this horrendous organisation that’s perpetrated such a terrible crime,” he said.

US President Barack Obama speaks at a Cinco de Mayo reception at the White House in Washington, May 5, 2014. Mr Obama on Tuesday urged global action against Nigerian Islamic militants, as Washington sent in military experts to help track down more than 200 girls seized in a heartbreaking kidnapping. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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