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UK to send three jets to search Chibok girls

By Kingsley Omonobi, Uduma Kalu with agency reports

Britain’s RoyaL Air RAF, Force will send three warplanes to help locate the Nigerian schoolgirls taken by an Islamist terror group, the force has reported.

Four months ago, Boko Haram, abducted more than 200 schoolgirls from the village of Chibok and they remain missing.

The report culled from Daily Mail, yesterday, said that three RAF Tornado GR4s outfitted with surveillance equipment are being deployed to Nigeria 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.

“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,” the report stated.

‘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.’

The RAPTOR pod, substituted in place of weaponry, is one of the most advanced reconnaissance sensors in the world and greatly increases the effectiveness of the aircraft in the reconnaissance role.

Its introduction into service gave the GR4 the ability to transmit real-time, Long Range Oblique for military effectiveness.


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