Gordon Brown calls for UK military aid in hunt for abducted Nigerian girls

Goodluck Jonathan, president of Nigeria

UN adviser also to visit Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, for talks on rescue of teenagers kidnapped by Boko Haram.

Gordon Brown has called for international military assistance, such as air support, to be offered to the Nigerian government in the hunt for around 200 teenage girls abducted by Islamist militants from a school more than two weeks ago.

The former prime minister said he had approached the British government to discuss the possibility of military assistance. Asked if he anticipated a positive response, he said: “I think people will want to help, yes.”

Stressing the urgency of locating the kidnapped girls, Brown told the Guardian: “The international community must do something to protect these girls. We could provide military help to the Nigerians to track down the whereabouts of the girls before they’re dispersed throughout Africa – like air support, for example, if that was thought necessary.”

Brown will meet the Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, in Abuja next week to discuss the abduction. He declined to say whether he planned to travel to the remote and dangerous Borno province in the north of the country, from which the girls were kidnapped on 14 April.

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