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US troops in Chad seek Nigerian kidnapped girls

Published 21/05/2014 | 21:27

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People hold candle light during a vigil to mark one month after the girls of government secondary school Chibok were kidnapped, in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Nigeria's government is ruling out an exchange of more than 270 kidnapped schoolgirls for detained Islamic militants, Britain's top official for Africa said Wednesday. Boko Haram abducted more than 300 schoolgirls from the school in Chibok in the northeastern state of Borno on April 15. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
People hold candle light during a vigil to mark one month after the girls of government secondary school Chibok were kidnapped, in Abuja, Nigeria. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

The US has deployed 80 military personnel to Chad to help locate more than 200 girls kidnapped in Nigeria, President Barack Obama says.

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Mr Obama has written to House Speaker John Boehner and to the Senate notifying politicians about the steps under way to assist in the return of the abducted girls.

The president says the service members will help with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria.

He says the force will stay in Chad until its support is no longer necessary. Chad shares a portion of its western border with north-eastern Nigeria.

The girls were kidnapped last month by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

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