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Nearly 30 US personnel assisting Nigerian search for kidnapped girls

WASHINGTON: The White House says the US team assisting the Nigerian government’s search for nearly 300 kidnapped schoolgirls is made up of nearly 30 people drawn from the state and defence departments, as well as the FBI.

According to spokesman Jay Carney, the team includes 10 US defence department planners who were already in Nigeria and were redirected to assist the government.

Another seven defence department personnel were sent to Nigeria from AFRICOM, the US Africa Command based in Germany.

The team also includes 4 FBI personnel and five state department officials.

The girls were kidnapped from their school dormitory in remote northeastern Nigeria nearly a month ago.

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