UK, US Offer Aid to Search for Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

UK, US Offer Aid to Search for Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

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A Royal Air Force Sentinel R1 spy aircraft, similar to the one offered to help in the search of the abducted Nigerian girls, prepares to take off in Mojave, US. Photo: courtesy of Akradecki.UK: US military is reportedly conducting manned surveillance flights over Nigeria to help support the local government in the search of the kidnapped schoolgirls. US is sharing commercial satellite imagery with the Nigerians and flying manned ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) assets over Nigeria with the government's permission, according to a senior US official. The US has already dispatched a 30-member expert team to the West African country to help the government locate and free more than 200 schoolgirls.

On the other hand, the UK Government has offered to send surveillance aircraft and military intelligence teams to Nigeria, to assist the local government in the search of the schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram militants. The government will deploy a team to work with US experts to analyse information on the girls' location. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed that the surveillance aircraft offered to Nigeria was a Royal Air Force (RAF) Sentinel R1 airborne battlefield and ground surveillance aircraft, which can carry a crew of five. The proposed military team, which will be embedded within the Nigerian Army headquarters, will serve as a connection between the intelligence cell and Nigerian officers in Abuja, according to a spokesperson from the Ministry of Defence. Experts from the UK have already been sent to help find the 200-plus schoolgirls, who were taken from their boarding school in the town of Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria.

Source: Army technology & BBC