Nigeria kidnappings: UK spy plane breaks down

2014-05-20 15:18
A screengrab taken from a video released by Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls wearing the full-length hijab. (AFP)

A screengrab taken from a video released by Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls wearing the full-length hijab. (AFP)

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Cape Town – A UK spy plane sent to search for more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Nigeria's al-Qaeda-linked Islamists Boko Haram has reportedly broken down and forced to land in Senegal for repairs.

A BCC report said the plane developed a technical fault.

The plane left Britain on Sunday to join an international effort to hunt for the missing girls.

BBC said the development was a set-back for the UK government which promised to do all it could to help with the search operation.

The report came as Israel sent intelligence experts and specialists in hostage negotiations to help with the rescue effort in Nigeria.

At least 223 Nigerian girls remain missing more than a month after they were abducted from their school in Chiboko.

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