Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal
Abuja: Authorities have said that they suspect Nigerian militant group Boko Haram may have separated the nearly 300 girls it has abducted and taken them out of the country.
The suspicion came even as Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed to rescue the girls and bring them back.
"By God`s grace, we will conquer the terrorists. I believe the kidnap of these girls will be the beginning of the end for terror in Nigeria," Jonathan said at the opening of the World Economic Forum meeting in Nigeria`s capital city of Abuja, CNN reported.
The abductions have caused international outrage with many nations, including the United States, Britain, China and France, offering assistance to Nigeria to help track down the girls.
The girls were abducted in mid-April from their beds at an all-girls school in the rural northeastern part of the African country.
The suspicion that the 276 girls may have been split up was voiced by US intelligence.
"We do think they have been broken up into smaller groups," CNN quoted US Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby, also the Pentagon press secretary, as saying.
"The search must be in Niger, Cameroon and Chad, to see if we can find information," former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the UN`s special envoy for global education, told CNN. "It`s vital to use the information to find the girls before they are dispersed across Africa, which is a very real possibility."
The girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants on April 14 from the Government Girls Secondary School in rural Chibok, about 80 miles west of Maiduguri and some 600 miles from the capital of Abuja.
Last Sunday night, Boko Haram took away another eight girls from Warabe.