Abducted Girls: U.S. Deploys Manned Surveillance Aircraft Over Nigeria
The search for the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by boko haram fighters last month has intensified as a senior U.S. administration official said the United States has deployed manned surveillance aircraft over Nigeria and was sharing satellite imagery with the Nigerian government. This comes as leader of the Nigerian Islamist rebel group Boko Haram has offered to release the girls in exchange for its members being held in detention, according to a video posted on YouTube on Monday.
Nigeria has deployed two army divisions to hunt for the girls, while several countries, including the United States, Britain, Israel and France, have offered help or sent experts.
A Reuters report say Nigerian authorities met with some of the experts on Monday and plan further meetings with the West African country’s defence and security agencies, a government statement said.
“We have shared commercial satellite imagery with the Nigerians and are flying manned ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) assets over Nigeria with the government’s permission,” the report quoted a senior U.S. official as saying.
The officials said the missions are being launched from a U.S. drone base in Niger — although there were no reports of drones being used yet, reports the NBC News.
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