Barack Obama, Goodluck Jonathan

The U.S. plans to deploy a team with expertise in investigations and hostage negotiations to Nigeria to help find the more than 250 kidnapped school girls, officials said on Tuesday.

“Obviously, it’s a heartbreaking situation, outrageous situation,” President Obama tells ABC. “We’ve already sent in a team to Nigeria – they’ve accepted our help through a combination of military, law enforcement, and other agencies who are going in, trying to identify where in fact these girls might be and provide them help.”

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to discuss a plan to send a “coordination cell” to the capital city of Abuja.

“We are not considering at this point military resources,” says White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. The team that is being sent is only in an advisory capacity.

“What I can tell you is that it is certainly Nigeria’s responsibility to maintain the safety and security of its citizens,” Carney adds.


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