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Nigerian defense chief says abducted girls located

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria's defense chief says the military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but cannot use force to free them.

Air Marshal Alex Barde told demonstrators supporting the country's much criticized military on Monday that Nigerian troops can save the girls. But he added, "we can't go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back."

He would not say where they have found the girls.

Nigeria's military and government have faced national and international outrage over their failure to rescue the girls taken from a remote northeastern school six weeks ago.

President Goodluck Jonathan was forced this month to accept international help. American planes have been searching for the girls and Britain, France, Israel and other countries have sent experts in surveillance and hostage negotiation.

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Leo May 26 2014 at 5:43 PM

They can't save them? Why? Because they want us to go do the dirty work and take all blame that comes with the outcome.... Time to back off and let the Nigeria Goverment handle there own crisis. Seem like the rest of the World loves when the US &, Britian goes to handle these situations. Oh yes, we can get these girls back, but then will probably end up killing a couple civilains, goat, sheep or someone else that is around, and take the heat, and end up payng Billions ($$$) to pay for these unfortunate mishaps .

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Dave May 26 2014 at 5:36 PM

Gas the entire area with a sleeping gas, get the girls out, round up the idiots, publically hang them. I can't see another way without losing innocent lives.

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Steve May 26 2014 at 5:37 PM

Take the approach of the former Soviet Union. Go after the Islamic extremists own family members and send home a message: we know where your relatives are located.

It worked with the Soviets in Lebanon, it will work with the radicals in Africa as well.

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ddbbmm13 May 26 2014 at 5:40 PM

I feel really bad for these girls, but this is not our problem. Nigeria is an OPEC member and has oil money, yet their country is a toilet (would you live there?) The people there tolerate how their government operates. Americans and Europeans should not be risking their lives in this matter.

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furgy May 26 2014 at 5:38 PM

MY guess the SEALS and SAS are training for the mission now

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James Zucco May 26 2014 at 5:53 PM


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rlmcanoe May 26 2014 at 6:14 PM

how many prisoners do they want released, I say put a bug in them or something without them knowing and let them go, get the girls back and then get rid of the vermin that took the girls

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bigred8690 May 26 2014 at 5:34 PM

In other words, the Nigerian army would have its butt kicked by a ragtag band of guerillas.

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rvheaney May 26 2014 at 6:28 PM

Trade Obama for the Girls !

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Kim May 26 2014 at 6:28 PM

To blame the actions of some and paint Islam as evil is the same as taking the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church and painting all of Christianity with that same brush. Islam is not evil the people who did this in the name of Islam are. And before you blast me, I am not Muslim, I am a christian.

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slodancr99 Kim May 26 2014 at 7:15 PM

No, you are ignorant and un-informed.

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ltd3522 Kim May 26 2014 at 7:58 PM

I agree with you, but shouldn't the Imams and other Islamic leaders step up and condemn these acts as evil and stress that is not what Islam is about? Instead these clerics are silent or they are asking for a jihad. They also need to explain to the average Muslim that the Koran does not advocate violence. The evil ones take an interpretation like that and use it as an excuse to murder.

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