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Scepticism over Nigeria's claims it knows where kidnapped girls are

28 May 2014, 08:15

Washington - The US said on Tuesday it does not have information that would support Nigeria's claim that it knows the whereabouts of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls, and US and European officials voiced scepticism about the statement.

"We don't have independent information from the United States to support" that statement, US state department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters. 

"We, as a matter of policy and for the girls' safety and wellbeing, would not discuss publicly this sort of information regardless."

Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh said on Monday that the country's military knew the location of the schoolgirls, abducted by the Boko Haram Islamic militant group on 14 April.

Five US and European security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they had no credible information on the location of girls and were sceptical that the Lagos government knows where they are.

The five officials said the US and some European allies had provided technical intelligence, including information from spy aircraft and satellites, to Nigerian authorities, who lack such intelligence capabilities.

But the officials said that as far as they knew, technical intelligence systems had not produced precise or credible information establishing the girls' location.

The five officials said that if the Nigerians had obtained such information from informants on the ground, it has not been shared with US and allied agencies.

One impediment to finding the girls, the officials said, was that since their abduction seven weeks ago they had been divided into small groups. 

Boko Haram is also believed to be hiding them in densely forested terrain where it would be hard for modern technical intelligence systems to gather information.

- Reuters


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