May 12, 2014 5:04 PM by Rob Quirk
The White House says the U.S. team assisting the Nigerian government's search for nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls is made up of nearly 30 people drawn from the State and Defense departments, as well as the FBI.
According to spokesman Jay Carney, the team includes 10 Defense Department planners who were already in Nigeria and were redirected to assist the government.
Another seven Defense Department personnel were sent to Nigeria from AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command based in Germany.
The team also includes 4 FBI personnel and five State Department officials.
Nigeria's Islamic extremist leader says nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls will not be seen until the government frees his detained fighters.
Meantime, 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.