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White House: US Trying to Help Find Nigerian Girls

Women attend a demonstration calling on government to rescue kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school Chibok, in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, May. 5, 2014.  A leader of a protest march for 276 missing schoolgirls said that Nigeria's First Lady ordered her and another protest leader arrested Monday, expressed doubts there was any kidnapping and accused them of belonging to the Islamic insurgent group blamed for the abductions. Saratu Angus Ndirpaya of Chibok town said State Security Service agents drove her and protest leader Naomi Mutah Nyadar to a police station Monday. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)
Women attend a demonstration calling on government to rescue kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school Chibok, in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, May. 5, 2014. A leader of a protest march for 276 missing schoolgirls said that Nigeria’s First Lady ordered her and another protest leader arrested Monday, expressed doubts there was any kidnapping and accused them of belonging to the Islamic insurgent group blamed for the abductions. Saratu Angus Ndirpaya of Chibok town said State Security Service agents drove her and protest leader Naomi Mutah Nyadar to a police station Monday. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the United States is doing what it can to help find and free nearly 300 Nigerian girls kidnapped by Islamic extremists.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday the U.S. assistance includes counterterrorism support and logistics to Nigerian investigators. Carney is calling the April 15 mass abduction from a school “an outrage and a tragedy.”

The leader of Islamist extremist organization, Boko Haram, says he’s keeping the girls as slaves and threating to sell them. Carney called Boko Haram a group of terrorists with “heinous and malicious intent.”

Carney says President Barack Obama is receiving regular updates from national security advisers who are closely monitoring the situation.

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