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Abuja, Nigeria (CNN) -- Nigeria defended its response to the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls by the terror group Boko Haram, even as details emerged Tuesday about a second mass abduction, adding to a growing global outrage over the fate of the children.

President Goodluck Jonathan has been under fire over accusations the government initially ignored and then later downplayed the abduction of the girls, who have become the focal point of a campaign that began on social media and quickly spread to street demonstrations.

"The President and the government (are) not taking this as easy as people all over the world think," Doyin Okupe, a spokesman for Jonathan told CNN.

"We've done a lot --but we are not talking about it. We're not Americans. We're not showing people, you know, but it does not mean that we are not doing something."

In detailing the government's response, two special battalions have been devoted to the search for the missing girls, Okupe said. That search includes 250 locations that have been searched by helicopters and airplanes.

It was unclear whether these were additional troops being dispatched or were forces already in place. More troops, he said, are also on the way.

"Certain things have been ordered. Certain things have been put in place, which I am not in position to say now," he said. "I am very, very sure that this time around, you know, the terrorists have made a major error, and we will get them."

U.S. offer of military help

But in a sign that Nigeria may be bowing to international pressure and outrage, the government announced the creation of an information center dedicated to answering questions and provide daily updates about rescue efforts, Okupe said.

Nigeria's President also accepted an offer of U.S. military support in the search for the girls.

"So what we've done is — we have offered, and it's been accepted — help from our military and our law enforcement officials," U.S. President Barack Obama told NBC News on Tuesday. "We're going to do everything we can to provide assistance to them."

That help includes the creation of a "coordination cell" to provide intelligence, investigations and hostage negotiation expertise, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. The cell will include U.S. military personnel, she said.

The joint coordination cell will be established at the U.S. Embassy in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the work is expected to begin immediately.

But even as the help was offered to Jonathan, new details were emerging about the abduction of at least eight girls between the ages of 12 and 15, who were snatched Sunday night from the village of Warabe.

The village is located in the rural northeast, near the border of Cameroon, an area considered a stronghold for Boko Haram, a group that U.S. officials say has received training from al Qaeda affiliates.

Villagers in Warabe told CNN that gunmen moved from door-to-door late Sunday, snatching the girls and beating anybody who tried to stop them.

The latest abductions come amid international outcry over the April 14 kidnapping of hundreds of girls. According to accounts, armed members of Boko Haram overpowered security guards at an all-girls school in Chibok, yanked the girls out of bed and forced them into trucks. The convoy of trucks then disappeared into the dense forest bordering Cameroon.

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