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Yarmuth says he would support use of special forces to free Nigerian girls

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Congressman John Yarmuth says he would support the use of special forces, if necessary, to help free the Nigerian girls kidnapped by terrorists.

Yarmuth's comments come as the growing social media movement "Bring Back Our Girls" hits Louisville.

They held candles and raised signs bearing what has become the social media symbol of support for the kidnapped Nigerian girls: #BringBackOurGirls.

"This is a crime against humanity," Yarmuth told those gathered for a vigil marking one month since the kidnapping.

He joined members of the Metro Council in condemning the actions of the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, who kidnapped some 300 Nigerian girls from their school, and are threatening to sell them into slavery.

"We cannot allow things like this to happen; terrorists, cowards to take our young people hostage," said 5th Dist. Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton.

"These are our girls. They're not in another nation, in another world away. They are ours," added 9th Dist. Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh.

Yarmuth says the U.S. action so far has been appropriate; sharing expertise and equipment with the Nigerian government. He also says he would back the use of special forces.

"I think that would be on the table. Again, I think we have a certain level of expertise that can help -- I think, a lot -- the Nigerian forces in trying recover these women, and I think we ought to do whatever we can," said Yarmuth.

Meanwhile, the "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign has swept social media, including even First Lady Michelle Obama. While some national pundits question whether it's really doing any good, the organizer of this vigil says it's keeping the issue in the spotlight.

"So, although we may be directly involved, I think it's because of activists on social media and around the globe who are outraged by this and held signs that said, 'Bring Back Our Girls,' that it brought it to mainstream media," said Keidra King of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

Yarmuth says the campaign will keep pressure on the international community.

"Then the ability of the perpetrators to find a haven somewhere, or maybe even to successfully sell these women into slavery, if that's what they're trying to do, will be blocked," he said.

Organizers say they're prepared to hold another vigil next month, though they hope it will not be necessary.

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