A military surveillance aircraft despatched by Britain to help search for the missing Chibok school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram has broken down en route Nigeria.
* Royal Air Force Sentinel R1 was on its way to Nigeria as part of global effort to locate the girls
The state-of-the-art Sentinel reconnaissance aircraft which was deployed on Sunday to join the U.S. aircraft in the search for the missing girls had to make an abrupt stop in Senegal due to an unspecified technical problem.
A spokesperson for Britain's Ministry of Defence said they hoped to have it repaired and on its way to join the international rescue effort “sooner rather than later.”
"We are currently unable to provide the aircraft's expected time of arrival," the spokesperson said.
British Prime Minister David Cameron had announced last week his offer to Nigeria to send the surveillance plane and a military team to help with the search for more than 200 missing schoolgirls abducted a month ago by Boko Haram militants.