Thursday 23 November 2017

'Send SAS in to rescue kidnapped Nigerian girls', says former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Arj Singh and Richard Wheeler

Special forces should be sent into Nigeria "if necessary" to help the country confront the terrorists who kidnapped and are still holding more than 200 schoolgirls, Gordon Brown has said.

The former prime minister said the international community should also provide helicopter and other aircraft support alongside more surveillance equipment to help find the girls who were abducted by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram in April.

Leading a debate on the kidnappings and the international response in the Commons, Mr Brown said: "While it is right to recognise there has been a great deal of international support, it is also right to acknowledge that in its hour of need Nigeria does require more helicopter support, more aircraft cover, more surveillance equipment.

"I believe that we should also support president (Goodluck) Jonathan's call for a better co-ordinated system for sharing intelligence across borders and if necessary the use of special forces and law enforcement agencies to help them confront terrorism."

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