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Nigeria: Captured girls 'face rape danger'

The Nigerian schoolgirls who remain captives of Boko Haram militants "definitely" face the danger of being raped, a senior United Nations official has said.

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Downing Street: Britain 'not too slow' to aid Nigeria

Britain has been "in close contact from the outset", the Prime Minister's spokesman said. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

David Cameron's spokesman has rejected suggestions the UK had been slow to provide assistance to Nigeria after the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in the country.

"We have been in close contact from the outset with the Nigerian government on this issue," said the spokesman.

"The Foreign Secretary spoke to his Nigerian counterpart days after the incident in mid-April. We have been in regular contact through the Foreign Office and High Commission at all stages, making clear that an offer of assistance that the Nigerian government would find helpful was there."

Britain already has a small military training team in Nigeria, assisting the African country in its response to the extremist groups behind a five-year Islamist uprising which has killed thousands.

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