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UK sends warplanes to find Chibok girls

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The Britain’s Royal Air Force has planned to send
three fighter jets to help in locating the more than
200 abducted schoolgirls by Boko Haram insurgents
since April 14 this year.

The three RAF Tornado GR4s outfitted with
surveillance equipment, according to Daily Mail, are
being deployed to Nigeria to “fly reconnaissance
missions” over the Sambissa forest the Islamist
extremist sect is known to operate in.

A source at the British government told The Times
that the fighter bombers would help the Nigerian
authorities by tracking the movements of Boko
Haram militants.

The report added that the mission was dependent on
a nearby nation giving them permission to use a
runway.

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

“The UK continues to work with the US, France,
Nigeria, its 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,” he said.

On Friday, last week, Britain’s Minister for Africa,
James Duddridge had condemned the abduction of
over 100 people in Nigeria and had pledged that the
United Kingdom would continue to support in the
fight against the terrorist group.

He said, “I am appalled to see reports of another
large abduction by terrorists in the north east of
Nigeria. Officials at the British High Commission in
Abuja are urgently looking into the details. The UK
stands firmly with Nigeria as it faces the scourge of
Boko Haram.”

The group on Monday killed at least three people and
kidnapped 15 others in a fresh cross-border attack in
northern Cameroon.

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