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US alone in helping Nigeria find kidnapped girls: Kerry

Published on May 23, 2014 10:02 AM
US Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a conference in the framework of the Cleantech Challenge Mexico 2014, in Mexico City on May 21, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States is alone in helping Nigeria locate more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamists, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday, despite help on the ground from Britain, France and Israel.

With 80 military personnel sent to neighbouring Chad for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, the United States is the biggest foreign participant in the effort against the militant group Boko Haram.

Washington has also deployed surveillance drones, spy planes and about 30 civilian and military specialists to support Nigeria's security forces.

"Boko Haram, Nigeria, only the United States is there offering the assistance to help find those young women," Kerry said during a dinner at the State Department.

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