OVER 270 GIRLS ARE KIDNAPPED BY TERRORIST GROUP WHO IS THREATING TO SELL THEM INTO SEXUAL SLAVERY MARKET

The safety and location of approximately 276 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped from a school in the remote town of Chibok, Nigeria, is now the subject of intense international concern. The extremist group, “Boko Haram” is widely believed to be the force behind the kidnappings and reports that the terrorists are threatening to sell the girls into sexual slavery are emerging. The group is believed to be responsible for the killing of over 1,000 people during their attacks on schools, churches, and mosques. Several countries are providing intelligence assistance to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan; the U.S., U.K., France, Canada, and Israel are all assisting in various ways. The U.S. is reportedly providing manned and unmanned aircraft surveillance. The U.S. is not yet committed to sending any actual troops to the scene; the area where the girls are being kept may be spread out throughout the country, and ground tactical operations would at best, be complicated. Criticism of the Nigerian government’s ability to handle the crisis is growing, and continued international support is probable; family members and friends of the kidnapped victims are openly and vigorously calling for intensified responses from their government.

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