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Nigerian military focus on area abducted girls believed held

15 April 2015, 21:31

Lagos — Nigeria's counter-insurgency spokesman says the military is focusing on a northeastern forest where officials believe more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped a year ago are being held.

Information director Mike Omeri told reporters Wednesday that the outgoing government of President Goodluck Jonathan "remains resolute in finding and returning them to their homes."

Also read: Boko Haram regroups for new Maiduguri Attack

Parents and community leaders dismissed the statement as political nonsense. They said their information indicates the girls were moved from Sambisa Forest within weeks of their abduction.

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday he would not make any promises about the girls because their whereabouts remain unknown.

Jonathan's administration and the military have made misleading statements about the girls snatched from a school in Chibok town on April 14-15 in a mass abduction by Boko Haram that outraged the world.

- AP


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