US Secretary of State John Kerry has reiterated his condemnation of the recent kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls as a US team prepares to offer direct assistance on the ground
Kerry said at a Washington news conference: "Our inter-agency team is hitting the ground in Nigeria now, and they are going to be working in concert with President Goodluck Jonathan's government to do everything that we possibly can to return these girls to their families and their communities.
"We are also going everything possible we to counter the menace of Boko Haram.
"The entire world should not only be condemning this outrage, but should be doing everything possible to help Nigeria in the days ahead."
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