US general in Nigeria to aid search for schoolgirls

The US force commander, David Rodriguez is reaching Nigeria to discuss the ways US can provide help to the Nigerian government in searching more than 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram islamist militants.

Last Updated: May 13, 2014, 23:10 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Abuja: The US force commander, David Rodriguez is reaching Nigeria to discuss the ways US can provide help to the Nigerian government in searching more than 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram islamist militants.

David Rodriguez is the US force commander to Africa. According to a senior defense official, David is all set to discuss White House assistance for the entire search operation as well as overall cooperation throughout.

David is expected to extend the US effort to search for the missing schoolgirls, who were kidnapped by islamist militants more than 3 weeks ago.

The videos released by Boko Haram militants has spread outrage across globe. Many nations are extending help to the Nigerian government in terms of search operation like UK, US and Israel.

Social media is full of slogans like #BringBackOurGirls. First lady Michele Obama is also seen taking active part in this search mission for girls.
Meanwhile, US defense is taking help of arial spy drones to locate the missing girls in Nigeria.

Nigerian police has already announced whooping $300,000 reward for giving any informations on the missing girls.
Boko Haram extremists abducted 276 girls from the remote northeastern town of Chibok in Borno state on April 14, and some 223 are still missing.

The militants on Monday released a new video purporting to show some of the girls.

US intelligence experts are "combing through every detail of the video for clues," a State Department spokeswoman said on Monday.

British, French and Israeli specialists are also providing assistance to Nigeria, which has been accused of responding too slowly to the kidnapping and even of ignoring a forewarning that it was imminent. 

Although some US lawmakers have called for a US military operation to rescue the girls, the Pentagon reiterated that it was not preparing any such attempt by US special operations forces.

"There`s no discussion at this point to send operators into Nigeria to conduct any kind of rescue operation," Warren said.

(With Agency Input)