Fear Of Rescuing Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

Nigeria's defense chief says the military knows where Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM') is keeping the nearly 300 school girls it kidnapped six weeks ago.

But he says there are fears that a rescue attempt could get the girls killed.

Meanwhile, an activist close to negotiators says the girls would have been freed a week ago had Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan not scuttled a deal at the last minute.

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Nigeria's defense chief says the military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but cannot use force to free them.

Air Marshal Alex Barde told demonstrators supporting the country's much criticized military on Monday that Nigerian troops can save the girls. But he added, "we can't go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back."

He would not say where they have found the girls.

Nigeria's military and government have faced national and international outrage over their failure to rescue the girls taken from a remote northeastern school six weeks ago.

President Goodluck Jonathan was forced this month to accept international help. American planes have been searching for the girls and Britain, France, Israel and other countries have sent experts in surveillance and hostage negotiation.

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