Canada offers surveillance assistance to help Nigeria find kidnapped schoolgirls

Protesters hold signs during a march in support of the girls kidnapped by members of Boko Haram in...

Protesters hold signs during a march in support of the girls kidnapped by members of Boko Haram in front of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington May 6, 2014. (REUTERS/Gary Cameron)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 12:17 AM ET

OTTAWA — Canada has offered to provide surveillance equipment and expertise to the Nigerian government to help find more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Islamist group Boko Haram.

"If Canada has surveillance equipment that is not in the region that could provide assistance to find these young girls, we'd obviously be pleased to provide it," Baird told reporters following question period Wednesday.

"Where we do have a concern is we will not hand over military equipment unless we can send the Canadians who can properly operate it," he said.


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