The Nigerian government says it is reviewing all options to rescue more than 200 abducted schools girls, after the release of a video apparently showing some of them chanting passages from the Koran.
Within hours of the leader of the Boko Haram Islamists vowing to hold them until all imprisoned militants have been freed, US pilots were reported to be flying on reconnaissance missions over north eastern Nigeria.
Representative of the country’s ministry of information, Mike Omeri, said international expertise was being used to try to end the girls’ captivity.
“We are interacting with experts, military and intelligence experts from different parts of the world… If it is necessary that we use whatever kind of action to get our girls out of the captivity that they are now in, we will do it.”
There have been daily demonstrations calling on the government to do more. It’s feared the girls – only half of those missing were seen on the video – may have now been divided into smaller groups to help avoid detection.