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Nigerian troops ‚preparing to launch rescue mission for schoolgirls‘ | Telegraph

Four battalions of troops, fighter aircraft and helicopter gunships reported to be preparing for assault to free 223 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram

Women hold banners during a march in aid of the kidnapped school girls of Chibok, Nigeria

Women hold banners during a march in aid of the kidnapped school girls of Chibok, Nigeria Photo: Philip Ojisua/ Getty

Nigerian troops are reported to be massing in a forest in the north of the country in preparation for an assault to free hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by a militant Islamist group.

 

The Nigerian authorities on Friday raised their estimate of the number of girls still being held to 223, with another 53 said to have managed to flee from the Sambisa forest where the militants have taken them.

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Chibok abductions: Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan under pressure | BBC News

Mothers of kidnapped school girls in Borno state, Nigeria on 22 April 2014With some 187 girls still missing two weeks after they were abducted from a school in north-eastern Nigeria, the government is under growing pressure, reports BBC Nigeria correspondent Will Ross.

 

The agonising wait goes on. Almost two weeks after they were driven away from their boarding school in the town in the middle of the night, parents are desperate for news of their daughters. […]

 

People are trying to ensure that the tragedy of the abducted school girls is not yet another attack that is swiftly forgotten hence the trending of #BringBackOurGirls and #WhereAreOurGirls on Twitter.

 

But given the current insecurity in the north-east it is not a question of „if“ but „when“ and „where“ the insurgents will strike next.

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