U.S. Sends Team to Nigeria to Find Girls

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Members of civil society groups hold placards and shout slogans as they protest the abduction of Chibok school girls during a rally pressing for the girls' release in Abuja on May 6, 2014, ahead of World Economic Forum. Members of civil society groups marched through the streets of Abuja and to the Nigerian defence headquarters to meet with military chiefs, to press for the release of more than 200 Chibok school girls abducted three weeks ago. Suspected Boko Haram Islamists have kidnapped eight more girls from Nigeria's embattled northeast, residents said on May 6, after the extremist group's leader claimed responsibility for abducting more than 200 schoolgirls last month and said in a video he was holding them as "slaves" and threatened to "sell them in the market".

The White House announced Tuesday that U.S. military and law-enforcement personnel will be dispatched to Nigeria as soon as possible to assist with the search for nearly 300 teenage girls taken from their school by Islamist militants three weeks ago. Secretary of State John Kerry repeated the offer to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on a phone call Tuesday, and Kerry is meeting with President Obama about the issue today as well. The militant group Boko Haram reportedly kidnapped eight more girls Monday night.