US surveillance aircraft deployed to search for Nigerian girls taken by Boko Haram

 Girls wearing the full-length hijab holding a flag reading

Girls wearing the full-length hijab holding a flag reading “There is no god, but Allah” and “Mohammed is Allah’s prophet” at an undisclosed rural location, thought to be in Nigeria                                                        Photo: AFP/GETTY/BOKO HARAM

White House officials confirm US is sharing satellite imagery with Nigerian government as well as using manned surveillance aircraft in hunt for more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist insurgents

(SOURCE)   The United States has deployed surveillance aircraft over Nigeria and is working closely with the Nigerian government to find more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist insurgents, a senior Obama administration official said on Monday.

“We have shared commercial satellite imagery with the Nigerians and are flying manned ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) assets over Nigeria with the government’s permission,” the official said.

The United States has sent military, law-enforcement and development experts to Nigeria to help search for the missing girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from a secondary school in Chibok in remote northeastern Nigeria on April 14.

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