U.S. Deploys Spy Plane To Hunt For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

A Nigerian government official says "all options are open" in the search for missing schoolgirls that's supported by U.S. surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flying over Nigeria.

The U.S and Britain are actively assisting Nigeria's government to find the abducted girls, sending equipment and experts to the West African country that's facing a growing threat of homegrown Islamic extremism.

Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM'), the militant group holding the girls, says in a new video that the girls will only be freed after the government releases jailed militants.

Although Nigeria's government had initially suggested there would be no negotiations with Boko Haram, that stance may be relaxed.

Mike Omri, the director of Nigeria's National Orientation Agency, says the government will "use whatever kind of action" it takes to free the girls.

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Nigeria's Islamic extremist leader says nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls will not be seen until the government frees his detained fighters.

A new video from Nigeria's homegrown Boko Haram terrorist network purports to show some of the girls and young women, covered in hijab and reciting prayers in Arabic. It is the first video evidence of them since more than 300 were kidnapped from a northeastern school in the pre-dawn hours of April 15 - four weeks ago.

Leader Abubakar Shekau cradles an assault rifle in the video received Monday and says: "I swear to almighty Allah you will not see them again until you release our people that you have captured."

It is not known how many suspected Boko Haram members are detained by security forces.

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The international search for the 276 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped four weeks ago by Islamic militants is ramping up.

The United States, Britain, France, China and Spain are all supplying experts to help the Nigerian government.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells ABC it's "going to be very difficult" to find the girls because it's a vast country.

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(NBC News) Amid growing pressure at home, the U.S. is setting up a joint intelligence team at our embassy in Nigeria with military and FBI experts in intelligence, hostage negotiations, helping victims, and investigating crime scenes - the school where more than 300 girls disappeared.

A senior intelligence official says the U.S. could help with satellite imaging and electronic eavesdropping.

There are already unmanned drones in the region.

Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. offered help from the beginning.

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President Barack Obama says the immediate priority is finding nearly 300 teenage girls who were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria three weeks ago.

But Obama says the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram must also be dealt with.

The brazen April 15 abduction has sparked international outrage.

And Obama says in an interview with NBC's "Today" that he's glad the Nigerian government is accepting help from U.S. military and law enforcement advisers.

The White House says U.S. armed forces are not being sent.

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