Nigeria’s highest-ranking military officer said they know where the schoolgirls held by Boko Haram are, but did not reveal the location.
Chief of Defense Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh said in a statement that “the good news for the parents of the girls is that we know where they are.”
They, however, will not attempt a rescue. “But where they are held, can we go there with force? We can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back,” he explained.
More than 200 girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from their school last month.
To release them, Boko Haram made a deal, but it was called off by the government after President Goodluck Jonathan attended a Paris summit.
Under the agreement, the gunmen will release 50 of the missing girls in exchange for the freedom of 100 Boko Haram prisoners.
The country previously insisted it would not approve to free Boko Haram prisoners.