UPDATE: State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says the American embassy in Nigeria is ready to form a "coordination cell" that would include military and law enforcement officials who have experience with hostage negotiations.
(NEWSER) – The girls could hear gunfire outside the school, so at first, when men claiming to be soldiers came in and promised to rescue them, they were relieved. That didn't last long. The men burned down a school storeroom before herding the girls outside. "They started shouting 'Allahu Akhbar.' And we knew," a 16-year-old tells the AP, that the men were militants from Boko Haram. But the extremists had already overwhelmed the outnumbered and outgunned soldiers protecting the school, so the girls didn't resist as they were pushed into the backs of pickup trucks.