Nigeria says missing girls have been found, but can’t say where (Corrected)

Some of the 275 women and children already rescued from Boko Haram during military operations on May 25, 2015. STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images

*Correction: The following story is based on a news report from 2014 and therefore doesn’t represent a current development in the search for missing girls in Nigeria. We regret the error.

On Monday in Abuja, a top Nigerian military official said that the location of hundreds of abducted girls has been pinpointed, but the military won’t say where that location is. “The good news for the parents of the girls is that we know where they are, but we cannot tell you,” said Air Marshal Alex Badeh, the government’s chief of defense staff. “Just leave us alone, we are working to get the girls back.” Although the reports have not been confirmed, major TV channels in Nigeria have reported the news, and it’s the first time a Nigerian official has shared knowledge about the whereabouts of the girls who were abducted six weeks ago by Boko Haram. Despite knowing their location, military officials are being careful not to rescue them with force. As #BringBackOurGirls gained momentum, international pressure has pushed the Nigerian government to increase its efforts to save the schoolgirls. They were abducted April 15, just about a year after the extremist group kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from Chibok. Badeh also voiced how difficult it is for soldiers to fight their “brothers” in Boko Haram, and he defended the military, saying they should not be “disparaged” for their work.

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