The mother of one of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls has identified her daughter as appearing in a video posted to YouTube by their captors Boko Haram, according to a school leader in Chibok.
The woman was shown the video on Monday evening and said she saw her missing daughter among the captives sat on the ground and wearing veils.
Local officials in the state of Borno had been tasked with ensuring that all families in the region were shown the footage, and the news from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok today confirms Boko Haram's claims that the video showed the missing schoolgirls.
Dumoma Mpur, the chair of the school's parent-teachers association, said that the community was increasingly concerned that despite the international focus on the incident they had "not seen a single soldier in Chibok yet".
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"The video got parents apprehensive again after watching it but the various steps taken by the governments and the coming of the foreign troops is boosting our spirit," Mpur said.
On Monday night US officials said they had begun deploying manned aircraft to scour an area of remote forest three times the size of Wales in the hunt for the missing girls.
In pictures: Nigeria kidnapped schoolgirls
In pictures: Nigeria kidnapped schoolgirls
A total of 276 girls were abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing
One of the kidnapped girls looks into a camera
One of the missing girls talking to the camera
The missing Nigerian schoolgirls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram alleging they had converted them to Islam
Girls wearing the full-length hijab holding a flag reading "There is no god, but Allah" and "Mohammed is Allah's prophet"
A man claiming to be the leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau
Abubakar Shekau speaks on the video
Girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying are filmed by an unidentified man (R) in an undisclosed rural location
People carry signs as they attend a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls in the remote village of Chibok in Lagos
A protester demonstrates against the kidnapping of school girls in Nigeria, outside the Nigerian Embassy in London
Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and Prime Minister David Cameron appearing on the BBC1 current affairs programme
People participate in a "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign demonstration and candlelight vigil in Los Angeles
Girls holding heart shaped banners in a "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign demonstration and candlelight vigil in Los Angeles
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South Africans protest in solidarity against the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria by the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram and what protesters said was the failure of the Nigerian government and international community to rescue them, during a march to the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg
Karilyn Coates (10) joins others in a candlelight vigil for the more than 300 girls abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Colorado Springs
Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive informations from officials. Nigeria's president said that Boko Haram's mass abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls would mark a turning point in the battle against the Islamists, as world powers joined the search to rescue the hostages
Former Nigerian Education Minister and Vice-President of the World Bank's Africa division (3rd L) Obiageli Ezekwesilieze speaks as she leads a march of Nigeria women and mothers of the kidnapped girls of Chibok, calling for their freedom in Abuja
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Kelly Hoppen tweeted: 'Please make sure you do this, we must stand together and not forget them'
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“We have shared commercial satellite imagery with the Nigerians and are flying manned ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) assets over Nigeria with the government's permission,” a Washington spokesperson said.
The State Department's Jen Psaki told a news briefing late on Monday that the US was providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support. She said teams on the ground “are digging in on the search and coordinating closely with the Nigerian government as well as international partners and allies”.
At the weekend David Cameron joined the huge social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls, despite facing criticism from some observers on Twitter, and said that intelligence and counter-terror agents from the UK would be joining the larger US team already on the ground in Nigeria.
In the video released yesterday, around 130 girls appeared quiet, docile and passive against a rural backdrop. Officials from Nigeria, the US and Britain have reportedly been checking the footage against their own intelligence reports in an attempt to identify the location where it was filmed.Reuse content