Nigerian defense chief says abducted girls located

Nigerian defense chief says abducted girls located

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Members of civil society groups and organizations carry placards as the take part in a protest against the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls, after they were prevented from reaching the president's residence in Abuja on May 22, 2014. Protesters today took their call for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram to Nigeria's president, as US military personnel headed to Chad as part of the rescue effort. About 200 protesters, most of them wearing red, set off for the Presidential Villa of Goodluck Jonathan, calling for the government to do more in the search and rescue efforts. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read WOLE EMMANUEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Associated Press

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 4:42 PM

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Nigeria’s defense chief says the military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but cannot use force to free them.

Air Marshal Alex Barde told demonstrators supporting the country’s much criticized military on Monday that Nigerian troops can save the girls. But he added, “we can’t go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.”

He would not say where they have found the girls.

Nigeria’s military and government have faced national and international outrage over their failure to rescue the girls taken from a remote northeastern school six weeks ago.

President Goodluck Jonathan was forced this month to accept international help. American planes have been searching for the girls and Britain, France, Israel and other countries have sent experts in surveillance and hostage negotiation.

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