Nigerian presidency to negotiate release of 110 abducted Dapchi girls
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Nigerian presidency to negotiate release of 110 abducted Dapchi girls

Abuja: Nigeria's presidency says it plans to negotiate for the release of 110 girls abducted from a school in the north-eastern town of Dapchi last month, rather than use a military option to free them by force.

Nigeria is grappling with an insurgency by jihadist group Boko Haram which has killed at least 20,000 people since 2009. Members of the group are suspected of kidnapping the girls on February 9, in the state of Yobe.

The exterior of Government Girls Science and Tech College in Dapchi, Yobe State, Nigeria, raided by Boko Haram militants  on  February  22.

The exterior of Government Girls Science and Tech College in Dapchi, Yobe State, Nigeria, raided by Boko Haram militants on February 22.

Photo: AP

President Muhammadu Buhari discussed the approach during a meeting behind closed doors with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the capital Abuja, the presidency said. Tillerson was in Nigeria for the last stop in a week-long tour of five African countries.

"President Buhari added that Nigeria was working in concert with international organisations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were released unharmed by their captors," said a statement by Buhari's spokesman.

The kidnapping is one of the largest since Boko Haram abducted more than 270 schoolgirls from the north-eastern town of Chibok in 2014. Around 100 of the Chibok girls are still being held, though some have been freed after what security sources say were ransom payments.

Reuters

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