America offers to help Nigeria in hunt for abducted school girls

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AMERICA OFFERS TO HELP GET BACK CHIBOK GIRLSWASHINGTON – The United said had offered Nigeria help in its search for around 200 girls abducted by Islamist militants from a school in the northeast of the country.

“We have been engaged with the Nigerian government in discussions what we might do to help support efforts to find and free these young women,” Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told a daily briefing. “We will continue to have those discussions and help in any way we can.”

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen April 14 stormed an all-girls secondary school in the village of Chibok, in Borno , packing the teenagers onto trucks and disappearing into a remote area along the with Cameroon.

The brutality of the school attack has shocked long accustomed to hearing about atrocities in an increasingly bloody five-year-old Islamist insurgency in .

Harf did not elaborate on the kind of assistance Washington is offering, but said: “We know Boko Haram is active in the area and we have worked very closely with the Nigerian government to build capacity to fight this threat.”

In fiscal year 2012, the United provided over $20 million in security assistance to Nigeria, part of that to build the country’ military, boost its capacity to investigate terrorist and enhance the government’ forensic capabilities, she said. (Reuters)