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Nigeria: 'Good news' soon on kidnapped girls


ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria's National Council of State is promising to deliver "some good news" very soon about more than 200 schoolgirls held captive by Islamic extremists for nearly three months.

The council, made up of past presidents, state governors and leaders of parliament, is "satisfied the security agents know very well where the girls are located," Gov. Godwill Akpabio told reporters at a briefing.

The rescue of the girls was top of the agenda at the meeting Tuesday, he said, and "military authorities also confirmed that efforts were being made and that very soon we will have good news."

The governor added the question is not whether the girls can be rescued but how to do it without endangering their lives.

He said the council, which was addressed by President Goodluck Jonathan and his national security advisers, was left confident that the president and the military are "on top of the situation."

Tuesday's council commended Nigeria's military and security agents, who have been roundly criticized at home and abroad for their failure to swiftly rescue the girls and to curb an escalating Islamic uprising by Boko Haram that has killed thousands. Some 276 schoolgirls were abducted April 15 from a school in northeast Chibok town. Dozens escaped and 219 still are missing.

Last week the Defense Ministry reported the detention of a businessman heading a "terrorists' intelligence cell" who it said "participated actively" in the Chibok abductions.

Negotiations to free the girls without a fight appear to have stalled, with Boko Haram demanding the release of detained extremists in exchange for the girls. Jonathan has rejected those demands.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has threatened in a video to sell the girls into slavery and as child brides if his demands are not met. In the video, some of the girls say they have converted from Christianity to Islam.

The extremists are believed to have divided the girls into smaller groups being held at different camps and possibly across borders in Cameroon and Chad, where sightings have been reported. There also have been reports that some of them have been forced to marry their captors.

Boko Haram has been kidnapping people for more than a year but received international condemnation for the mass abductions of the Chibok girls, which has led to a worldwide movement called #BringBackOurGirls.

Boko Haram - which means "Western education is sinful" - had attacked many schools and killed hundreds of students, some burned alive in dormitories.

This year the extremists have launched a two-pronged strategy of bombings in cities and towns and a scorched-earth policy in villages where they kill residents, set huts and shops aflame and steal livestock and food supplies. Hundreds of thousands of people have been made homeless.

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lancesammy July 09 2014 at 7:41 AM

i said from day 1 let nigeria handle its own internal affairs, not our business. a lot of misguided bleeding hearts who have little concept of the real world took exception to my statement.

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hwlndrbrt July 09 2014 at 7:43 AM

Don't sent them to the United States.

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GUNSLINGER hwlndrbrt July 09 2014 at 9:23 AM

Their already here!!!!!!!!!!!!

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simark1 July 09 2014 at 9:17 AM

Good news! The beaurocrats are going to say that they are CONFIDENT that in 2 more weeks they will be able to have another press conference with MORE great news about this situation!

I am amazed at the courage of the Terrorists in Nigeria. Arent they aware that at this moment a drone army of well intentioned hash tags is circling their encampment ready to rain Hash Tag Terror on them? They are so courageous!

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GUNSLINGER July 09 2014 at 9:25 AM

I see a future American President it that bunch!!!!

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ectullis July 09 2014 at 7:49 AM

Now what?

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hotspringspark July 09 2014 at 8:59 AM

They sure like bright colors.

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blueeyessing July 09 2014 at 7:21 AM

They have always know where the girls are located almost from the beginning, but going in to extract them safely is another matter.

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blueeyessing blueeyessing July 09 2014 at 7:21 AM

known

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Jeb July 09 2014 at 11:47 AM

Those are GIRLS???

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Puppino July 09 2014 at 11:57 AM

Negotiations???? The embarrassment in the white house does that here in the US!! Nigeria Go in and KILL all those aholes and get the girls BACK!!

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jim July 09 2014 at 12:05 PM

who cares ???

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wolf6717 jim July 09 2014 at 12:27 PM

ya who cares

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