Canadians helping search for girls in Nigeria, feds say

Photographs of Rufai Abubakar Tsiga (L) and Aminu Sadiq Ogwuchem are presented to the media by the...

Photographs of Rufai Abubakar Tsiga (L) and Aminu Sadiq Ogwuchem are presented to the media by the State Security Service in Abuja, May 12, 2014. The two men, currently at large and declared as wanted by the police, and five others who were presented to the media, are suspected to belong the militant group Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility for the April 14 bombing of the Nyanya bus park, which killed at least 75 people. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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, Last Updated: 1:07 PM ET

OTTAWA — Canadians are on the ground in Nigeria to help the country's government search for schoolgirls kidnapped by an Islamic terrorist group that now wants to exchange them for prisoners.

Security concerns prevented Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird from identifying who Canada sent to the African country.

"There are Canadians who have arrived on the ground in Nigeria who are working with the United States and with the United Kingdom to work on the freedom of these young girls," he said.

Last week Canada said it would provide surveillance equipment to help locate almost 300 girls being held hostage by Boko Haram.

CNN reported Monday that American and British officials are in the capital of Abuja planning a rescue mission and advising on how to destroy Boko Haram.

China and France are providing assistance and Israel plans to send a counterterrorism unit.

When asked about the exchange-for-prisoner deal and whether Canada would support it, Baird said Canada does not negotiate with terrorists.


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