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Nigerian President Condemns Abduction of Israeli Teens

Nigerian President sends letter to PM Netanyahu in which he condemns abduction of teens, demands their release.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 6/30/2014, 5:46 AM

Netanyahu and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan
Netanyahu and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday received a letter from Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan regarding the kidnapping of the three Israeli teenagers by Hamas terrorists.

In the letter, Jonathan condemned the abduction of the three youths and demanded their unconditional release.

"On behalf of the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I write to express my empathy with the Government and people of the State Israel on the abduction of three teenage Israeli students,” he wrote.

“Given Nigeria's experience with the scourge of terrorism, I assure you that we are in solidarity with you, as we believe that any act of terrorism against any nation or group is an act against our common humanity. We unequivocally condemn this dastardly act and demand that the children are released unconditionally by their abductors."

Nigeria has been dealing with a similar situation recently. Back in April, nearly 300 schoolgirls were abducted from a school by the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, in a mass kidnapping which triggered international outcry.

Israel sent two anti-terror experts to Nigeria to join the search for the kidnapped schoolgirls.

Jonathan visited Israel last October, marking the first time that a Nigerian president visited the Jewish state. During that visit, Nigeria and Israel signed an agreement allowing direct air travel between both countries.