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05/06/2014 05:10 pm ET Updated Jul 06, 2014

Obama: US Will 'Do Everything We Can' To Help Find Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

WASHINGTON, May 6 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said the United States will do "everything we can" to help Nigeria in its search for more than 200 girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram Islamist militant group.

Obama told NBC News in an interview that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan had accepted U.S. offers for assistance.

"We're going to do everything we can to provide assistance to them. In the short term our goal is obviously is to help the international community, and the Nigerian government, as a team to do everything we can to recover these young ladies," he said.

In the longer term, he said, "we're also going to have to deal with the broader problem of organizations like this that can causes such havoc in people's day-to-day lives." (Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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