Thursday, 21 August 2014
Britain 'To Send Tornado Reconnaissance Jets to Nigeria' To Find Abducted Chibok Girls
The RAF is sending three warplanes to help locate the Nigerian schoolgirls taken by an Islamist terror group, it has been reported.
Four months ago Boko Haram, which is fighting to reinstate a medieval Islamic caliphate in religiously mixed Nigeria, abducted more than 200 schoolgirls from the village of Chibok and they remain missing.
Now, three RAF Tornado GR4s outfitted with surveillance equipment are being deployed to the African nation to fly reconnaissance missions over the region the group is known to operate in.
A Government source told The Times that the fighter bombers will help the Nigerian authorities by tracking the movements of Boko Haram militants.
According to the report, the mission is dependent on a nearby nation giving them permission to use a runway.
An MOD spokesman did not deny the report about the deployment of the planes, adding: 'The UK continues to work with the U.S., France, Nigeria, its neighbours and international partners to provide advice and assistance to the Nigerian Government.
'Together with our allies we have provided continuous surveillance support to the Nigerian authorities, including satellite imagery. We are still in discussion with partners on the deployment of further surveillance capability.'