Abuja - American officials have claimed that joint forces have managed to locate the whereabouts of clusters of missing Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted over two years ago.
According to Naij, security forces have stated that rescue operations have not yet been carried out due to fears that the hostages may be harmed as a result of conflict between operatives and Boko Haram members.
A combination of drone footage, local intelligence and intercepted communication have been attributed to the successful discovery.
The US has assured that the girls have not been forgotten, saying that a key concern remains hundreds of women who have been kept in Boko Haram captivity, often being raped, mutilated and sometimes even killed.
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“You’re not just looking for 200 girls. There are many, many others who have been taken hostage, and more thousands killed, and two and a half million people displaced,” retired head of the US military Africa Command, General Carter F. Ham stated.
General David M. Rodriguez, current head at the US military Africa Command, added that the girls have been kept in smaller groups, which makes rescue missions evermore risky.
“I want to assure the parents of the Chibok girls and the parents of any children gone missing that, indeed, the United States is in this for the long haul,” Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the United Nations stated.
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