Israel offers to help Nigeria find abducted Chibok girls
(Reuters) – Israel offered Nigeria help on Sunday in locating 200
schoolgirls abducted last month by Islamist rebel group Boko Haram in an
attack that has drawn global condemnation and prompted some Western powers
to provide assistance.
“Israel expresses deep shock at the crime against the girls,” Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office quoted him as telling Nigerian
President Goodluck Jonathan by phone. “We are ready to help in finding the
girls and fighting the cruel terrorism inflicted on you.”
The statement did not elaborate on how Israel might enlist in the search,
with which British and U.S. experts are also helping. A spokesman for
Israel's Foreign Ministry said he knew of no cooperation efforts under
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 stand-off with Islamist gunmen
who attacked a mall in Nairobi.