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US flying 'manned missions' to seek abducted Nigeria girls

Published on May 13, 2014 8:19 PM
 
People participate in a Bring Back Our Girls campaign demonstration and candlelight vigil, held on Mother's Day in Los Angeles on May 11, 2014. Manned US aircraft were in the skies above Nigeria on Tuesday in the hunt for more than 200 missing schoolgirls, almost a month after they were kidnapped by Islamist militants. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LAGOS (AFP) - Manned US aircraft were in the skies above Nigeria on Tuesday in the hunt for more than 200 missing schoolgirls, almost a month after they were kidnapped by Islamist militants.

The United States said manned ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) aircraft were being flown and it had also shared commercial satellite imagery as part of the rescue effort.

Boko Haram militants abducted 276 girls from the remote northeastern town of Chibok in Borno state on April 14. Some 223 are still missing and on Monday the militants released a new video purporting to show some of them.

With electricity supply intermittent in Chibok, efforts were underway for the missing girls' parents to identify their daughters in the video, in which Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed they had converted to Islam.

 
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