STORYLINE: The abduction by Islamic extremists of nearly 300 girls from a school in Chibok, Nigeria, has sparked global outrage and drawn a spotlight on the terrorists who took them, Boko Haram.
It has been sadly reported that a total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14th from the north-eastern town of Chibok, in Borno state. Chibok Government Secondary Girls School in Nigeria. Some 223 are still missing. This number goes up and down depending on what you read. The latest news is that the girls have been found.
Nigeria Officials at Odds in Rescue of Missing Schoolgirls
ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria's military chiefs and the president are apparently split over how to free nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists, with the military saying use of force endangers the hostages and the president reportedly ruling out a prisoner-hostage swap.
The defense chief, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, announced Monday night that the military has located the girls, but offered no details or a way forward. "We can't go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back," he said.
Previous military attempts to free hostages have led to the prisoners being killed by their abductors, in Sokoto in March 2012.
A human rights activist close to mediators said a swap of detained extremists for the girls was negotiated a week ago but fell through because President Goodluck Jonathan refused to consider an exchange.