Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on U.S. assistance in helping locate hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls:

“Sending U.S. experts to Nigeria to help locate the kidnapped schoolgirls is just the first step. I would support whatever actions are necessary to locate, capture and eliminate the terrorists responsible for this reprehensible act. I support sharing with Nigeria and others whatever intelligence is necessary to help bring these kidnappers to justice.

“Terrorist groups like Boko Haram and al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb have been gaining strength, and we must not allow a safe haven to develop from which these groups can grow, plan and launch attacks. This latest development, the kidnapping of schoolgirls for the purpose of human trafficking, is intolerable and the world must not tolerate such evil.”

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