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Local Reaction to Nigerian Kidnappings

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(WLNS) - The Obama administration says that the US will play an active role in Nigeria in response to hundreds of young school girls being kidnapped by a terrorist cell in the country.

Just one day after members of Boko Haram an al-Queada linked terrorist group released a video claiming responsibility for abducting nearly three hundred young girls from a school in Nigeria.

President Obama said the US is stepping in, "We're sending in a team made up of our military and law enforcement and other experts."

"i was pleased that it got international attention," said Rita Kiki Edozie, an MSU professor who specializes in african affairs and a native Nigerian herself.

She says Nigerians aren't used to this kind of terrorism.

"It is a new phenomenon. I say that in the context of the emergence of Boko Haram which still represents less than one percent of the mentality of Nigerians."

Boko Haram leaders have said they plan to sell the young girls into forced marriage or worse.

Edozie says the threat hits home not so much as a professor or Nigerian but as a mother.

"If my daughter was kidnapped, I would be you know, knocking on any state to bring security.".

Which is why Edozie says she's relieved the Nigerian government has agreed to accept American military help.

"This may be a new phase in US-Nigerian relations and it's a positive."

For now her thoughts and prayers are with the girls still in captivity.

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