U.S. first lady Michelle Obama took the rare step of delivering her husband President Barack Obama's weekly radio address on Saturday to express outrage over the kidnapping of some 200 girls in Nigeria last month. \"Like millions of people across the globe, my husband and I are outraged and heartbroken over the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school dormitory in the middle of the night,\" Mrs. Obama said in the address. \"This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education - grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls.\" Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Friday he believed the girls, abducted by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, were still in his country. The United States offered this week to send a team of experts to Nigeria to support the government's response effort, which has been criticized for being slow.
Two US officers shot and killed two armed civilians who tried to kidnap them last month in Yemen's capital, a State Department official said. The two Americans were removed from Yemen shortly after the shooting, the official added. \"We can confirm that, last month, two US Embassy officers in Yemen fired their weapons after being confronted by armed individuals in an attempted kidnapping at a small commercial business in Sanaa,\" deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement to AFP. Suspected Al-Qaeda militants attacked Yemen's presidential palace earlier Friday, killing five guards and triggering a fierce gunfight as the extremists hit back at the offensive.