Impasse in rescue of Nigerian girls

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Copy of iol pic afr Nigeria Kidnapped Girls [2] AP The Nigerians United Against Terrorism group attends a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped girls of the government secondary school in Chibok, in Abuja. Picture: Gbenga Olamikan

Abuja, Nigeria -

There is apparent disagreement between Nigeria's military chiefs and its president over how to rescue nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists, with the military saying use of force could get the hostages killed and the president ruling out demands for a prisoner exchange.

Defence chief Air Marshal Alex Badeh announced on Monday night that the military has located the girls, but offered no way forward.

A human rights activist close to mediators says a swap of detained extremists for the girls was negotiated a week ago but fell through because President Goodluck Jonathan refused to back it.

Community leader Pogu Bitrus of Chibok, from which the girls were abducted, says authorities are speaking with “discordant voices.”

The girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram from a school on April 15. - Sapa-AP



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