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Obama administration can't confirm Nigeria's claim that missing girls have been found

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Obama administration officials cannot confirm the Nigerian military's claim that it has found the schoolgirls that were abducted in mid-April.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday that the U.S. could not independently verify the claim from Nigeria's Chief of Defense Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh, who on Monday claimed the military knew where the girls were.

"We don't have independent information from the United States to support [that claim,]” Psaki said. "We, as a matter of policy and for the girls' safety and wellbeing, we certainly would not discuss publicly this sort of information regardless.”

Psaki's statement was echoed Wednesday by White House press secretary Jay Carney.


More than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted by the terrorist organization Boko Haram in mid-April. The U.S., Britain, France and other nations are assisting the Nigerian government in locating the girls.
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