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Protests in Abuja and Washington for Nigeria's missing girls

Some 200 protesters gathered Tuesday outside the Nigerian embassy in Washington, demanding that Lagos take robust action to rescue the kidnapped schoolgirls.

A team of US experts has been sent to Nigeria to help find more than 200 schoolgirls abducted last month by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

US President Barack Obama said the team comprised personnel from military, law enforcement and other agencies. Mr Obama described the abduction as "heartbreaking" and "outrageous" and denounced Boko Haram as "one of the worst regional... terrorist organisations".

He said he hoped the kidnapping might galvanise the international community to take action against Boko Haram.

Earlier, it emerged that eight more girls had been abducted in north-eastern Nigeria by suspected militants.

Meanwhile, protesters also gathered in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Tuesday to call for the safe return of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram Islamists.

The leaders of the ongoing protest pressuring the Nigerian government to act and rescue over 240 schoolgirls abuducted in Chibok, Borno state has been arrested.

Nigerian State Security Service agents on Monday arrested Saratu Angus Ndirpaya and Naomi Mutah Nyadar. They were arrested after an all-night meeting with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's wife, Patience Jonathan, at the presidential villa in the capital, Abuja. While Ndirpaya was released from the Abuja police station, Nyadar remains in custody.

Nigeria defended its response to the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls by the terror group Boko Haram, even as details emerged Tuesday about a second mass abduction, adding to a growing global outrage over the fate of the children.

President Goodluck Jonathan has been under fire over accusations the government initially ignored and then later downplayed the abduction of the girls, who have become the focal point of a social media campaign demanding their safe return.

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