US plans to send team to Nigeria

More than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by an Islamist militant group.

A screengrab taken on 25 September, 2013 from a video distributed through an intermediary to local reporters and seen by AFP, shows a man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau. Picture: AFP.

WASHINGTON DC - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has welcomed a US offer to send an American team to Nigeria to support the government's response to the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by an Islamist militant group, the US State Department said on Tuesday.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the American embassy in Nigeria is "prepared to form a coordination cell" that would include US military personnel and law enforcement officials with expertise in investigations and hostage negotiations.