CBS New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the U.S. State Department to establish a reward for reliable information leading to the rescue of 276 missing girls in Nigeria .

The New York Democrat says the U.S. should also provide refugee status to anyone who isn’t a terrorist and helps find them while placing on its terrorist watch list any individual discovered buying the girls or harming them.

An international effort is underway to find and return the 276 schoolgirls being held captive by Islamic extremists in northeastern Nigeria.

Boko Haram rebels attacked Chibok, the town where they were abducted, in mid-April.

Schumer, calling the kidnappings “barbaric and gutless,” says the U.S. steps are needed particularly in light of the “disturbingly slow and half-hearted response” by the Nigerian government.

Schumer’s request comes as news has surfaced that the president of Nigeria for weeks refused international help to search…

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