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US flying 'manned missions' to seek abducted Nigeria girls

Published on May 13, 2014 11:27 AM

LAGOS (AFP) - The United States said it is flying "manned" missions over Nigeria in search of over 200 abducted schoolgirls, after the Lagos government dismissed a prisoner-swap offer from the Boko Haram kidnappers.

"We have shared commercial satellite imagery with the Nigerians and are flying manned ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) assets over Nigeria with the government's permission," a senior US administration official said on Monday.

The official declined to be named, and it was not immediately clear what kind of aircraft were being deployed, nor where they were based.

Boko Haram's leader said in a new video on Monday that the abducted schoolgirls would only be released if the government freed militant fighters from custody.

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