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​Nigerian Defense Chief Announces Abducted Girls Have Been Located

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Provisionally good news: Nigeria's Air Marshal Alex Barde announced that the location of the nearly 300 missing Nigerian girls has been discovered. However, he is reticent to immediately use force to actually rescue the girls, fearing that such a move could put the girls at more risk. But details of their whereabouts have not been disclosed. Via AP:

Asked by reporters where they had found the girls, Barde refused to elaborate.

"We want our girls back. I can tell you we can do it. Our military can do it. But where they are held, can we go with force?" he asked the crowd.

People roared back, "No!"

"If we go with force what will happen?" he asked.

"They will die," the demonstrators said.

Barde said no one should criticize the military.

"Nobody should come and say the Nigerian military does not know what it is doing. We know what we are doing," he insisted.


Of course no one wants to further jeopardize the safety of the girls, but time is and always will be of the essence.

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Doesn't announcing that you know their location remove the element of surprise when you actually attempt to rescue them? Does this strike anyone else as odd?