Dana Ford ofCNN is reporting that a top Nigerian military official says he knows the whereabouts of the abducted schoolgirls who were kidnapped in Chibok in April but it is too dangerous to rescue them. Ford reports that Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh says the nation’s military will not use force to try to rescue them, a state news report said Monday. His comments were made to News Agency of Nigeria, a state-run news service.
Ford writes that Badeh said:
“‘We want our girls back. I can tell you that our military can and will do it, but where they are held, can we go there with force?” asked Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.
‘Nobody should say Nigerian military does not know what it is doing; we can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.’
“‘The good news for the parents of the girls is that we know where they are, but we cannot tell you.
‘We cannot come and tell you the military secret, just leave us alone, we are working to get the girls back,’ he reportedly said.”
In response to the news, Pentagon spokesman Adm. John Kirby told CNN U.S. officials were not able to confirm the report.
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