Impasse in rescue of girls abducted by extremists

There is apparent disagreement between Nigeria’s military chiefs and its president over how to rescue nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists, with the military saying use of force could get the hostages killed and the president ruling out demands for a prisoner exchange.

Defense chief Air Marshal Alex Badeh announced Monday night that the military has located the girls, but offered no way forward.

A human rights activist close to mediators says a swap of detained extremists for the girls was negotiated a week ago but fell through because President Goodluck Jonathan refused to back it.

Community leader Pogu Bitrus of Chibok, from which the girls were abducted, says authorities are speaking with “discordant voices.”

The girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram from a school on April 15. – Sapa-AP

One thought on “Impasse in rescue of girls abducted by extremists

  • May 29, 2014 at 9:17 am
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    come on, stop playing games and trying to be God in this. these girls need to be rescued and returned to their families. if it is known where they are then for heavens get your acts together and get them out of there. Dallas

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