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Defense Ministry Spokesman Says Nigerian Military Knows Abducted Girls’ Location

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Air Chief Marshal Badeh of the Nigerian Ministry of Defense said the military knows the location of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok and Warabe villages Monday at a press conference. Relaying fears that a rescue mission could result in tragedy, the Air Chief said, “We can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.” Throughout the press conference, the Air Chief rebuked critics of the army, threatening, “Nobody should say the Nigerian military does not know what it is doing,” and asking the press to, “Just leave us alone.” More than 240 girls were kidnapped from a secondary school in Chibok before eight more girls were taken by members of radical Islamic insurgency and U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) Boko Haram from Warabe Village less than a week later. They remain held as hostages, some having been forcefully married as “slave brides” and others having been sold into domestic and sexual servitude.

05/27/2014 Nigeria (New York Times) – Nigeria’s military knows the location of nearly 300 girls abducted from school seven weeks ago by Boko Haram extremists, the top commander of the country’s armed forces said Monday. The assertion by the commander, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, was the first time the Nigerian government had publicly claimed to know the whereabouts of the missing girls, whose abduction has provoked global outrage and criticism of the Nigeria military for having failed to find and rescue them.

In remarks carried by the National News Agency of Nigeria, Air Chief Marshal Badeh, the chief of the defense staff, also said the military would not undertake any rescue attempt that would endanger the lives of the girls. Their captors have publicly threatened to sell them into slavery or forced marriage.

Air Chief Marshal Badeh spoke to what news agencies described as a supportive crowd of Nigerians in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, as part of what appeared to be an orchestrated campaign by the military to rebut the criticism over its handling of the mass kidnapping of the girls, who were all seized from the remote northeast village of Chibok on April 14 as they were taking school exams.

“We want our girls back,” Air Chief Marshal Badeh was quoted as saying. “I can tell you that our military can and will do it, but where they are held, can we go there with force? Nobody should say the Nigerian military does not know what it is doing. We can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.”

He was further quoted as saying: “The good news for the parents of the girls is that we know where they are, but we cannot tell you. We cannot come and tell you the military secret. Just leave us alone, we are working to get the girls back.”

In a further retort to critics, Air Chief Marshal Badeh said, “Anybody castigating the military, definitely there is something wrong with him.”

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