Israel sends special forces to Nigeria to search for kidnapped school girlsBy Mason White 2:59 PM May 12, 2014
|Nigerians searching for abducted girls|
By: Aryeh Savir
(Scroll down for video) Israeli forces were dispatched to Nigeria, in order to search for hundreds of abducted school girls, the Tazpit news Agency reported.
The Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, has accepted Israel’s offer to track down the 200 kidnapped girls, and a team of Israeli counter-terror specialists will assist the Nigerian forces in rescuing the girls.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on a visit to Japan, spoke with Jonathan and told him that Israel expresses deep shock over the crime that has been committed against the girls.
The prime minister added that Israel is ready to assist in locating the girls and in fighting the brutal terrorism that is taking place in Nigeria. In an official statement by the Nigerian President office: “President Jonathan has accepted Mr. Netanyahu’s offer, and a team of Israeli counter-terrorist specialists will assist in the ongoing search and rescue efforts.”
Islamic militants from the Boko Haram terror organization stormed a secondary school in the northeastern village of Chibok, and seized 276 girls, who were taking exams. Some managed to escape, but around 200 remain missing.
The United States and Britain have flown in experts and they will now be joined by a team of Israeli experts. Israel has defense ties with Nigeria, and has provided it in the past with surveillance drones. Last September, Israel was among several countries that sent advisers to Kenya to assist in a standoff with Islamist terrorists, who attacked a mall in Nairobi.