83°
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
3 Day Outlook
Wed
95°
76°
60%
Thu
94°
76°
50%
Fri
99°
77°
10%

Latest Weather Blog

Follow our weather team on social media

Impasse in rescue of girls abducted by extremists

1 year ago May 27, 2014 May 27, 2014 Tuesday, May 27 2014 Tuesday, May 27, 2014 5:15:57 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

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.

Defense chief Air Marshal Alex Badeh announced 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.

Related Stories

More News

comments powered by Disqus

Desktop News

Click to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Radar
7 Days