Yesterday, the Nigerian military announced that they knew the location of the almost 300 girls kidnapped by extremist group Boko Haram, but were unable to launch a rescue attempt using force out of fear for their safety.
According to the New York Times, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh was quoted as saying: "I can tell you that our military can and will do it, but where they are held, can we go there with force?" The head of the defense staff added that "We can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back."
Furthermore, the government maintains that it will not negotiate with Boko Haram. The Associated Press reports that there was a deal on the table to trade the abducted girls for captured Boko Haram members last week, but Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan ultimately refused.
In addition to receiving assistance from the U.S., France, Israel and Britain have extended their resources to help bring the girls home.
[via New York Times and Associated Press]
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