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US offers expert team to help find kidnapped Nigerian girls

Published on May 7, 2014 2:39 AM
 
Protestors hold signs during a demonstration on May 6, 2014 outside the Nigerian embassy in Washington,DC demanding robust action to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in the West African country. The United States offered Tuesday to send a team of experts to Nigeria to help find more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls amid a wave of outrage over their abduction. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States offered Tuesday to send a team of experts to Nigeria to help find more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls amid a wave of outrage over their abduction.

US Secretary of State John Kerry made the offer in a phone call to Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, who welcomed it, State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said.

Washington has also offered to set up a coordination cell at its embassy in Abuja with US military personnel, law enforcement officials as well as experts in hostage situations, she said.

In Abuja, Jonathan accepted the offer which his office said would "include the deployment of US security personnel and assets to work with their Nigerian counterparts in the search and rescue operation."

 
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