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Michelle Obama sends prayers for abducted Nigerian girls

Thursday, May 08, 2014    

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WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) — Michelle Obama on Wednesday expressed sympathy for the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria, in a personal message on Twitter.

"Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It's time to #BringBackOurGirls," said the US First Lady on her @FLOTUS account, with a picture of her solemnly holding a sign saying #BringBackOurGirls" scribbled in black on white paper.

The tweet was signed "mo," meaning she wrote it herself, and it was retweeted more than 8,500 times in just a few hours.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called the mass kidnapping three weeks ago by Boko Haram Islamists "heart-breaking" and "outrageous".

The US has sent experts, including from the military in the hunt for the girls, who were snatched at gun point from their Nigerian school.

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