Nigerian military says no ops by allies to save abducted girls

The Nigerian military on Sunday said there has been no arrest or operation by any foreign military or security allies in the ongoing efforts to rescue the abducted school girls.

Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, spokesperson for the Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ), said in a statement that there has also not been any arrest or operation in the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign in Nigeria, Xinhua reported.

‘Indeed, no troop of the American Marines has so far been deployed in any part of Nigeria as is being circulated in certain media,’ the statement said. ‘There is, therefore, no need to engage in misleading speculations while the mission is in progress,’ the statement added. According to the statement, as the need arises the public will be duly briefed on the areas of collaboration with allied forces in the mission to bring back the girls.

The United States has no plans to send troops to Nigeria to help recover hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview broadcast on Sunday. ‘There’s no intention, at this point, to (put) American boots on the ground,’ Hagel told ABC television’s ‘This Week’ program. Meanwhile Israel offered Nigeria help on Sunday in locating 200 schoolgirls abducted last month by Islamist rebel group Boko Haram in an attack that has drawn global condemnation and prompted some Western powers to provide assistance.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office quoted him telling Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan by phone, ‘We are ready to help in finding the girls and fighting the cruel terrorism inflicted on you.’
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