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Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014 12:00 pm | Updated: 12:50 pm, Sat May 3, 2014.

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan ordered an investigation into efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls abducted in the town of Chibok by suspected Boko Haram Islamists following a late-night raid April 14.

The probe by a 26-member panel, due to begin Tuesday, will also investigate why the school remained open while others in Borno state were closed after recent attacks on schools in the northeast, the Abuja-based presidency said in a statement emailed late Friday. The inquiry will also ascertain the exact number of girls missing and their identities following discrepancies in the number of students seized.

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