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Spanish police join hunt for kidnapped Nigerians

Five Spanish police officers from the force's human traffiking squad are to fly to Nigeria to assist in the search for more than 200 Nigerian girls kidnapped by the Islamic terror group Boko Haram in April.

Spanish police join hunt for kidnapped Nigerians
Hundreds of residents of Soweto, South Africa, demonstrate on Thursday for the release of schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria. Photo: AFP

The Spanish officers will form part of a group of team of international experts working together to help find the missing girls, Spain's El País newspaper reported on Thursday.

They will join experts from the UK, France, Israel and China in the search for the teenage girls kidnapped from a school in northern Nigeria on April 14th.

The chief aim of the group to be based in the Spanish embassy in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, is to stop the girls being sold into slavery, the daily reported.  

The police officers will also join the 80 military personnel deployed to Chad by the US on Wednesday.

In a letter to congress, US President Barack Obama said the personnel would stay in Chad until their support in ending the abduction nightmare that has outraged the world “is no longer required”.

“These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft for missions over northern Nigeria and the surrounding area,” Mr Obama said.

The troops mark a significant boost to an existing US military effort which includes the use of surveillance drones as well as manned aircraft over Nigeria.

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POLICE

Spanish police arrest man over alleged kidnap of daughter at gunpoint in Britain

Spanish police said Wednesday they have arrested an Algerian man who allegedly snatched his two-year-old daughter at gunpoint in Britain and fled the country with her.

Spanish police arrest man over alleged kidnap of daughter at gunpoint in Britain
File photo of a man in handcuffs. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP.

The 44-year-old was detained on a plane at Madrid airport during a scheduled stop en route to Oran, Algeria's second city, on August 1st, the same day he abducted his daughter in Nottingham, a police spokesman said.

The man, who had lost custody of his daughter, turned up at the house where she was staying “and took her by force after threatening the staff with a firearm and tying them up,” police said in a statement.

“Officers located and detained the fugitive in a plane which was about to take off. The girl was with him”.

British police said reports that the girl had been in a children's home were inaccurate and she was in fact taken from a family home.   

As part of the same investigation, British police have also arrested and charged a 43-year-old woman for child abduction, possession of a firearm, false imprisonment and aggravated burglary.

The girl was handed over to social services in Madrid until she can be returned to Britain, the Spanish police spokesman said.   

The man is waiting to appear before a judge in Madrid who will decide whether to extradite him back to Britain to face trial, he added.

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