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Nigerian leader cancels trip to abducted girls' town over security fears

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Nigeria President, Goodluck Jonathan, speaks during the World economic forum on Africa in Abuja, Nigeria, Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) (The Associated Press)

Amid apparent security concerns, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has cancelled a trip to the traumatized town from which Islamic extremists abducted more than 300 schoolgirls a month ago.

Two officials in the presidency confirmed the cancellation on Friday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not supposed to give information to reporters.

It would have been the first reported visited by Nigeria's leader to Chibok, in the northeastern region that has suffered for five years deadly assaults by Boko Haram.

A Chibok community leader had said Friday that though residents had been angry at his government's slow response to the girls' plight, they did not hold it against the president and considered the visit "better late than never."