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May 20, 2014

Nigeria’s neglected Israeli drones won’t help find girls

JERUSALEM/LAGOS May 20 (Reuters) – Nigeria bought Israeli
surveillance drones years ago that might have been used to hunt
for more than 200 girls held by Islamist rebels, but poor
maintenance has left them grounded, two official sources and the
aircraft’s manufacturer said.

“To the best of our knowledge, these systems aren’t
operational,” Tsur Dvir, marketing officer for Aeronautics
Defense Systems, a firm based south of Tel Aviv that supplied
Nigeria with Aerostar unmanned aerial vehicles, said on Tuesday.

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