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US general in Nigeria to aid search for schoolgirls

Published on May 14, 2014 3:58 AM

ABUJA (AFP) - The commander of US forces in Africa held talks Tuesday in Nigeria as Washington sought to help the government in Abuja trace more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants.

General David Rodriguez, head of US Africa Command, flew to Nigeria on Monday as the United States confirmed it was flying manned surveillance aircraft over the country and sharing commercial satellite imagery to aid the hunt for the abducted girls.

The talks are focused in part on forging an agreement that will enable the United States to share intelligence with Nigeria from spy planes and other sources, officials said Tuesday.

"At this point, we are not sharing the raw intelligence data" Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters.

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