Extends growing concern for girls abducted in Nigeria.
There worldwide concern for the girls
U.S. could use “drones” (unmanned aircraft) to search more than 200 girls abducted in Nigeria by Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, according to advance the U.S. ambassador to that country, James Entwistle.
As reported by the local newspaper This Day, Entwistle is in talks with the Nigerian authorities on the means to be used to try to free the girls, abducted on April 14 at a school in the town of Chibok, in the northern state of Borno.
The diplomat, who participated in Abuja at a meeting of governors in northern Nigeria and the Agency for International Development (USAID), told reporters that the military and U.S. experts arrive to the African country “soon”.
Islamist militant group kidnapped the other 8 girls after the warning.
The ambassador admitted the possible use of “drones” in the search operation for girls, but refused to divulge more information.
“This afternoon (yesterday), I had discussions with security officials (Nigerians) to discuss the details on how must be our team,” Entwistle said, quoted by the newspaper.
“Obviously, I cannot give all the details, but we are in the process of creating a team that includes people from various U.S. agencies,” said the ambassador.
Several countries offer support
“I’m not sure of the size of the team, but I hope to have it soon on the ground. Upon arrival, you decide how long you will stay “in Nigeria, said the U.S. diplomat.
Over 30 girls were abducted by a group who last week kidnapped another 200 teenagers.
In the United States, other countries like China, France and the UK have also offered support to Nigeria to free the children, while the global campaign intensifies for rescue.
Boko Haram, which in local language means “non-Islamic education is a sin”, struggle to impose “Sharia” or Islamic law in Nigeria, a country with a Muslim majority in the north and predominantly Christian south.
The U.S. government says it is ready and willing to rescue more than 200 young Nigerian, kidnapped more than three weeks ago.
Since the police ended in 2009 with the leader of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, the radicals held a bloody campaign that has left more than 3000 dead.
With 170 million inhabitants integrated in over 200 tribal groups, Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country has multiple voltages for its deep political, religious and regional differences.