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May 26, 2014

Nigeria military says knows where girls are, rules out force

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria’s military knows where the more than 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram are but has ruled out using force to rescue them, the state news agency quoted Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh as saying on Monday.

Seven weeks since Boko Haram militants abducted more than 200 girls taking exams at secondary school in the remote northeastern village of Chibok, little is known of their whereabouts or what the military is doing to get them out.

May 22, 2014

Nigeria’s Boko Haram kills 29 in village attack: sources

MAIDUGURI (Reuters) – Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have shot dead 29 farm workers as they tilled their fields in a village in the remote northeast, a police source said on Thursday.

The source at police headquarters for Borno state, in the heart of the insurgency, said around 10 more people had been wounded in Wednesday’s attack on Chukku Nguddoa, in which most of the village, including its grain store, were razed.

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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      "“I am the Bureau Chief for Nigeria since Nov. 2011. Before that I covered West Africa for 2 years from Ivory Coast, Iraq for 2 years (from Baghdad), and east and central Africa for 5 years, including Uganda, eastern DRC, South Sudan, Kenya and Madagascar.”"
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