05/07/2014 05:24 pm ET Updated May 07, 2014

Brian Williams Mixes Up Nigeria And Kenya In Boko Haram Kidnapping Story

Brian Williams incorrectly reported that the kidnapping of nearly 300 school girls occurred in Kenya, not Nigeria.

The NBC News host mixed up Kenya and Nigeria twice on Tuesday night while reporting about the girls' abduction three weeks ago by the Boko Haram Islamist extremist group.

“Tonight it now feels as if the world is aware and responding to the kidnapping of 276 girls in Kenya,” Williams said.

A spokesperson for "Nightly News" told TVNewser that Williams made the error while in a rush, but that it was corrected soon after for future broadcasts.

“Brian realized his error right away, corrected it two minutes later and for all subsequent feeds,” the spokesperson said. “He wrote the item in question in the rush before airtime — it was an error borne of haste and he felt terrible about it.”

Watch the video to see a clip of NBC News' original broadcast.