The Britain’s Royal Air Force has planned to send three fighter jets to help in locating the more than 200 abducted schoolgirls by Boko Haram insurgents since April 14 this year.
The three RAF Tornado GR4s with surveillance equipment, according to Daily Mail, are being deployed to Nigeria to “fly reconnaissance missions” over the Sambissa forest the Islamist extremist sect is known to operate in.
A source at the British government told The Times that the fighter bombers would help the Nigerian authorities by tracking the movements of Boko Haram militants.
The report added that the mission was dependent on a nearby nation giving them permission to use a runway.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman did not deny the report about the deployment of the planes.
“The UK continues to work with the US, France, Nigeria, its neighbours and international partners to provide advice and assistance to the Nigerian Government. [eap_ad_2] “Together with our allies we have provided continuous surveillance support to the Nigerian authorities, including satellite imagery. We are still n with partners on the deployment of further surveillance capability,” he said.
On Friday, last week, Britain’s Minister for Africa, James Duddridge had condemned the abduction of over 100 people in Nigeria and had pledged that the United Kingdom would continue to support in the fight against the terrorist group.
He said, “I am appalled to see reports of another large abduction by terrorists in the north east of Nigeria. Officials at the British High Commission in Abuja are urgently looking into the details. The UK stands firmly with Nigeria as it faces the scourge of Boko Haram.”
The group on Monday killed at least three people and kidnapped 15 others in a fresh cross-border attack in northern Cameroon.[eap_ad_3]