If help is requested, FBI agents may be deployed to Nigeria to help search for 276 teenage girls abducted from a school, ABC News reports . The news comes after the leader of Boko Haram, an African Islamist group, pledged to sell the girls as slaves.
“God has commanded me to sell them,” the leader, Abubakar Shekau, said .
Critics of the group derided Shekau as an attention-seeker with a “rowdy, unemployed, African youth who are looking for a target for their grievances and they’re lashing out at anyone available.”
The girls, ages 16 to 18, who were studying for final exams, were kidnapped at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria on April 15.
“Last week, the attorney general told U.S. intelligence agencies to prepare a report for him on the kidnapping of the 300 girls in Nigeria and also requested an assessment of Boko Haram, the militant group behind the kidnapping,” a government official told ABC News.
The U.S. is waiting to hear back on the need for U.S. help.