Thursday, August 21, 2014

Britain to send 3 jets to search for Chibok girls

Chibok girls

Britain's RoyaL Air Force plans to send three warplanes to help locate the over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Islamist terror group, Boko Haram on April 14 this year.

According to Daily Mail the RAF Tornado GR4s equipped with surveillance facilities, will undertake "reconnaissance missions" over the Sambissa Forest where the girls are believed to be held.

A British government source told The Times that the jets would help the Nigerian authorities in tracking the movements of the insurgents.

The report however added that the mission was dependent on a nearby nation giving the British government the nod to use its runway.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman did not deny the report about the deployment of the planes.

He said, "The United Kingdom continues to work with the United States and France as well as Nigeria's neighbours and international partners to provide advice and assistance to the Nigerian government.

"Together with our allies we have provided continuous surveillance support to the Nigerian authorities, including satellite imagery. We are still in discussion with partners on the deployment of further surveillance capability."

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