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Nigerian Government Rejects Claims of School Raid Warnings

Sat, 10 May 2014 16:58:08 +0000

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(ABUJA, Nigeria) -- The Nigerian government denies claims that authorities failed to act on warnings concerning an April school raid that resulted in the kidnapping of hundreds of girls.

In response to claims made by Amnesty International alleging that officials had information prior to the attack, the Nigerian government labeled the assertions untrue and unfortunate. Authorities went step by step through each of the allegations and said they were false.

The Amnesty report goes in detail based on accounts from security officials, as well as officials in the town of Chibok and nearby towns where the girls were taken.

Leaders have been criticized for their response to the crisis. There's little evidence of the government's actions, according to ABC News international affairs correspondent Hamish Macdonald, who says senior officials are reluctant to give clear answers on their response.

"They make big statements about wanting to bring the girls back safely, about wanting to tackle Boko Haram, but they give very little detail of the nature of their operation to see the girls returned safely," Macdonald said.

The bulk of the United States team deployed in Nigeria arrived in the country, with experts deployed in consulting roles to assist in search efforts. The majority are military personnel, and staff from the State Department, Justice Department, and FBI will soon join.

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