May 7, 2014 5:21 PM by Rob Quirk

Nigerian police offer 300K for rescue of kidnapped schoolgirls

The Nigerian police force is finally offering a financial incentive to try and track down and rescue some 270 schoolgirls, kidnapped two weeks ago. Police are offering $300,000 dollars in reward money to help rescue the girls.

Some are calling it too little, too late, as nations from around the world, including the United States, are finally recognizing the humanitarian crisis that is unfolding in Nigeria.

Meantime, the Pentagon is sending fewer than 10 military troops to Nigeria as part of the U.S. effort to help find the girls kidnapped by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. A Pentagon spokesman says officials have no plans now to launch any military operations.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren says the troops will be arriving in a few days as part of the larger U.S. assistance team to include State Department and Justice Department personnel. The military members will help with communications, logistics and intelligence planning.

Warren says the U.S. is talking with Nigeria about information and intelligence sharing, but nothing has been decided.

There are already about 70 military personnel in Nigeria, including 50 regularly assigned to the embassy, and 20 Marines have been there for training.



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