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President Barack Obama has said that the US will help Nigeria find the 300 girls  who were abducted from school three weeks ago.

Mr Obama said that finding the girls, who were taken by an Islamist extremist group that has threatened to sell them, was the immediate priority .

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“In the short term our goal is obviously is to help the international community, and the Nigerian government, as a team to do everything we can to recover these young ladies,” Mr Obama said in a TV interview. “But we’re also going to have to deal with the broader problem of organisations like this that… can cause such havoc in people’s day-to-day lives.”

Mr Obama said the Nigerian government has accepted technical assistance from US military and law enforcement officials.”We’re going to do everything we can to provide assistance to them,” the president added.

The technical experts, including a team to be put together by the US Embassy in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, will include US military and law enforcement personnel skilled in intelligence, investigations, hostage negotiating, information sharing and victim assistance, as well as officials with expertise in other areas, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.