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>> end of the road. divers continue their arduous search as the families of ferry passengers hold vigil. a live report coming here. bluefin 21 back in the water off the coast of australia on its mission to find the missing airliner. we'll go live to perth also. easter sunday at the vatican. a look at the cherished traditions this holy day for the world's christians. we're live in rome.
hello. i'm natalie allen. to your viewers in the united states and around the world welcome to "cnn newsroom." right to our top stories. it is 6:00 p.m. in jindo, south korea, and the daylight is fading. so, too, are the hopes of finding any dsurvivors of the ferry disaster that has now claimed 56 lives. about 250 people, mostly high school students, are still missing. divers have pulled more than a dozen bodies from the sunken ferry today. the water is cold and murky. the families waiting onshore for news about their loved ones are growi growing desperate and frustrated as you might imagine. no one has been found alive since shortly after the ferry capsized and began to sink on wednesday. about 200 boats are helping in the search. will riply spent most of the day on one of them out in the yellow sea. he joining us now live from jindo, south korea. hello, will. >> reporter: hey, natalie.
yeah. a very, very sad day out on the water here as we went and watched these divers as they do this work. they rotate in and out of these hour long shifts diving through these cold waters that are 10 degrees celsius, 50 degrees fahrenheit. very, very frigid temperatures for them in their wet suits. you can only imagine being in the water without protection how difficult and deadly, frankly, that would be. they're going in the ship, looking, for any sign of survivors. yet all they seem to be finding are more bodies. another day of searching. another day of grim discoveries. body after body from the sunken sewol ferry. we watched at several bodies were pulled out of the water from korea coast guard ships. what's been happening is the dive teams have been going out in groups and teams. they enter in the ferry using five different entry points. hundreds of divers. ships. dozens of aircraft are
searching. we know the divers are facing very grueling conditions right now. the underwater currents are very strong and they're constantly shifting. plus visibility is really limited. partially because there's a big oil slick coming up from the ferry. there's also equipment here that will be used for a salvage operation including a very large crane that can actually help pull the boat out of the water. that crane, that salvage equipment is not being used right now. it is only the divers. because these families do not want anything done that could disturb the ship and potentially disturb an air pocket if there's a slim chance that somebody may still be alive under there. sadly as we see each new body found, it appears that this search mission is turning more into a recovery mission. but, still, they're holding out hope. natalie, as you mentioned, though, that hope is fading quickly. you know, many of the boats that you see behind me including one just now coming in right now, many of these boats were out there today. either watching, just being there for moral support.
you know, there's not much people on the boats can do. because right now it's really the divers that have the greatest task ahead of them. because they're the ones that are going to have to go in. you think of that number, natalie. 250 people who are missing five days into this. we know they're very likely in that ferry right now. almost too awful to comprehend and wrap your head around. >> absolutely. and we're not the family members. at least these divers are getting into that ferry and they're able to recover some of these victims. meantime, will, at the gym where the families have been waiting, we hear tempers are flaring over the slow pace of the recovery and understandably these parents are in such shock and despair. what's the latest on how they're being treated, what kind of help that they're getting? >> reporter: well, you know, there's a lot of frustration. that frustration began really on day one when there was a false report that was widely
circulated through some of the media around here that most of the people on the ferry had been saved. as we now know that wasn't the case. because of that false report there's concern here that resources were not mobilized quickly enough to help people in those initial minutes, those critical minutes when you can most easily save lives. right now a lot of families have a big frustration as they wait for information. they want more divers. they want people to get in there. there are still parents. you can imagine if this was your child who you sent on this school trip and you sent them off to have fun with their friends, now you don't have answers, you would want as many divers in there as possible to look for your child. you think, maybe there's a miracle. maybe there's some air pocket where they could be alive. put yourself in the position of these families and you can understand their frustration with the slow pace of things. but these divers are working certainly as long as they can, as safely as they can to try to, you know, find these people. >> absolutely. will ripley is there for us. thank you very much, will. jindo island.
as he said, the anger is boiling over among the families waiting to hear anything. take a listen. this is the gymnasium that we were just talking about. a group of people plan to leave the gym where they've been waiting for anything about their loved ones. they wanted to march on the president's residence in seoul. but police, as you can see, blocked them from leaving the port city there. local elections are just a few months away in south korea. the protest appears to be at least partly politically motivated, we are told. easter sunday services throughout south korea are taking on extra significance this year in seoul. worshippers said special prayers for the victims of the ferry disaster. about 1 in 4 south koreans identify themselves as christian. in other news now, the other search that we are following closely, the underwater drone
being used to search for the missing malaysia airliner is currently on its eighth mission in the indian ocean. but officials say, still no signs of the missing plane have been found in the bluefin 21's seven previous trips. aircraft are also continuing to take part in today's search. the effort could be complicated from heavy wind and rain by a tropical cyclone north and west of the search zones. miguel perez is live in perth, australia. a cyclone is the last thing they need right now. hello. >> >> reporter: it is one of the last things they need right now. this is certainly a difficult enough job. while that search continues under the water, there is stiff a massive search above the water with lots of tedium and lots of frustration. another day, another search.
another hope of finding something. any scrap of debris related to malaysian flight 370. >> it's our mission to find it. we want to be the crew that does find it. but it takes time. >> reporter: captain tim mcalev, some 30 search flights under his belt. now here 1,000 miles off the australian coast. >> roughly analogous to canadian border to mexican border. that's the distance we've flown for 2 1/2 hours on station. then climb out now. >> reporter: this new zealand crew in a p 3-o rhyan. flying at times just 200 feet above water. the plane's wingspan, 100 feet. they spot just about everything. >> that's the nature of the game. we're looking for absolutely
anything that could possibly be mh370. >> reporter: examples, what's this? a tangle of fishing nets or a tangle of straps from an airplane cargo hold? this crew so far the first to see an item and successfully direct a ship to pluck it from the ocean. >> we saw a small red object we blo believed to be not more than one meter by one meter. >> reporter: they responded from more than a mile way. the p-3 had enough fuel to stay on the scene and direct them to the object. >> it was a large bread basket or bread tray. the kind you would typically find in a supermarket holding 20 loaves of bread. >> reporter: not from mh370. another frustration. the mission goes on. it is unbelievable how much focus and how much staying power these guys have despite the tedium, despite the monotony of
being out there staring out at the sea. they're able to literally pick up sea birds along the way. they'll stay until they're given orders to stand down. that may come in the days ahead. right now in country in this to find this plane wants to be the first to give up. >> certainly understand. your story certainly illustrates the hard work that they're doing. my goodness. that flight is like going from the, as he said, border of canada to the border of mexico. they're working so hard. so hope there's a breakthrough there. thanks so much. miguel marquez live in perth. four french journalists held hot t hostage for ten months arrived in paris. they were kidnapped in separate incidents by a group tied to al qaeda. turkish media report they were found tied up and blindfolded near syria's border with turkey. reports of more deadly violence in eastern ukraine. we'll have a live report for you straight ahead.
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welcome back to "cnn newsroom." a western official says a small number of u.s. troops will participate in military exercises in poland and estonia. the official says american forces will rotate in and out of each in a continuing operation. this comes as the crisis in ukraine intensifies. the organization for cooperation and security in europe says it has made contact with pro-russia separatists in eastern ukraine. but the group says the militants refuse to put down their weapons and leave buildings they're
occupying. an osce delegation is there to monitor compliance with an international agreement reached in geneva aimed at cooling tensions. cnn's arwa damon joins us live in the city of donetsk. arwa, i understand you have information on a deadly incident that reportedly occurred today in another city there in eastern ukraine. what can you tell us? >> reporter: yeah. natalie, that incident taking place in slovyansk. the attack is being blamed on a group that is considered to be ultranationalist, right sector. very pro-ukrainian. a lot of pro-russian media. pro-russian demonstrators themselves blaming this group for the attack that took place. conflicting reports on the death toll. potentially up to at least five people killed in that. we're still working on trying to verify all the details.
we did speak, however, to one of the leaders of right sector in kiev who flat out denies the organization was involved. either way it goes to show you how the situation here does remain to be very chaotic. incidents like this very worrisome, understandably, because of the potential that they could further inflame an already very tense situation, natalie. >> you have been in eastern ukraine for several days now. this shooting just shows that it could get out of hand. everyone is trying to keep it tamped down there. what is the mood throughout that region, arwa? because it seems attempts to defuse tension, they just don't seem to be taking hold. >> reporter: they're not at this stage. one also has to remember that naturally understandable for the ukrainians themselves is this is a very unsettling era to be going through. the country since its creation as an independent nation has never been through anything like this.
mariupol is built on steel. a city where blackened factories spew pollution. and trains haul coal of the region. anglers trying their luck in the murky waters. down the coast is crimea. an exed by russia just weeks ago. some in mariupol would like the same for their city. pro-russian protesters have occupied city hall for nearly a week. refusing to leave the building despite the geneva agreement. mariupol's youngest, blissfully unaware of the upheaval all around that will decide their future. as for the organization of security and cooperation in europe, tasked with negotiating the suhr runder of these buildings, they were here a few days ago. but made no headway. i figured they were clueless from the expressions on their faces and the way they looked at each other, irina, voropayeva, a
housewife turned spokesperson scoffs. in mariupol they are planning to hold a referendum on splitting from ukraine. but tensions peaked here after protesters tried to storm this military base tucked between apartments. terrified residents hardly accustomed to scenes like this. you were watching everything from that window? 18-year-old alexander tihi shows us where he says a bullet hit right underneath. concerned that it could happen again. the violence that broke out here was the deadliest since the pro-russian demonstrations began. three protesters were killed. and the situation in mariupol feels much more polarized. all alexander bobino wants is to be free from the grip of kiev. and the corruption and chaos which he sees as engulfing ukraine. but do you feel ukrainian? >> you know, in this area, i was born in u.s.s.r. nobody here asks where do you
like living? russia or ukraine? >> reporter: fiercely proud of its industrial heritage, the city of steel seems ready to forge a new future. one that has distinct echoes of its past. the concern, natalie, amongst so many that we're speaking to here is that no matter what they want to see take place, whether they want to be an independent state, part of russia or remain a part of ukraine, that that is only going to be determined after a very potentially bloody period, natalie. >> so unfortunate. such a difficult time. we appreciate your story and talking to just people trying to get on with their lives throughout this turmoil. arwa damon for us live, thank you. more to come in this hour of "cnn newsroom." including boston strong. one year on as hundreds pay tribute to those affected by last year's marathon bombing. we'll take a look inside the man hunt that caught the suspected bombers. also, you're looking at live
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[ speaking in foreign language ] pope francis live there celebrating easter sunday at the vatican. marking the day christians believe jesus was resurrected from the dead. happy easter to many of our viewers. it is the pontiff's second easter season at the helm of the catholic church and in about an hour he will be delivering his to the city and the world blessing in st. peter's basilica. cnn's delia gallagher is in rome. certainly much anticipation where you are this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, natalie. yes, this is the big moment, the culmination of all the events of this past week lead up to this moment where crowds of an
estimated 100,000 people have come to the vatican to celebrate easter mass with the pope. as you say, it is the central event for christians around the world that celebrates the resurrection of jesus. just after the mass, natalie, the pope will go up to the central balcony of st. peter's basilica that overlooks the square. this is a special blessing he gives only twice a year, at christmas and at easter. he gives it to everybody's who's watching. he also gives a special message with that blessing. usually a message for world peace for war torn countries throughout the world. natalie? >> yes. but this pope certainly has done it his own way and has his own message to bring. so any anticipation what he might say or do as he has certainly gone off the normal script, if you will, leading up to this event today at the vatican? >> reporter: yes. well, we've seen before in this
first year of the pope's pont f pontifficate that he likes to do things his own way. certainly last thursday he was at a home for the disabled washing the feet of 12 people there. that was also a departure from vatican tradition. we know on friday evening, for example, natalie, when the pope was at the coliseum for the stations of the cross, he sent out his alm's giver. it's a polish priest who has a discretionary fund of small sums from the pope. he sent him to various train stations here in rome to hand out money to the homeless. so what we've seen as a theme with this pope is a concern for people on the fringes. and he has reiterated that throughout the days of this holy week. and certainly that will be part of his message today. he's got two messages. one for world peace. that's an obvious one that the pope always tries to bring to the world's attention. and the other one is to remember those, as he says, that are on
the fringes of society. the unemployed. the ill. and the homeless. natalie? >> we just saw a live picture of the crowd there. my goodness. how many are expected to be packed in there at the vatican, delia? >> reporter: today there are about 100,000 filling the square there and going back down the main street leading to st. peter's basilica. of course, natalie, remember, there are also a lot of people who've come to rome for next week's celebration which is the canonization of two popes, john paul ii and john xxiii. crowds are expected to get even larger in the coming week. upwards of a million, they're saying, for next sunday's canonizations. >> we thank you. live from rome. delia gallagher for us here on what looks to be a beautiful easter sunday there at the vatican. let's check in with samantha mohr. at first it didn't look, is a mab that, like things were going
to turn out. everyone wants a sunny easter sunday. but they got one. >> it's gorgeous now. but yes, about 24 hours ago we actually had a tornado sighted northwest of rome. about 74 kilometers northwest of rome. and you can see that band of rain here on the satellite picture as it moved through here. actually caused some damage. we had some homes damaged, crops damaged, some trees uprooted from this f-1 tornado that was verified by the european severe weather data base. on the ground for 15 minutes. and also it was a waterspout for a while before it made its way inland moving from the southwest to the northeast. as you can see, it has now moved out of there. we are seeing blue skies all across much of italy and on up into germany as we celebrate easter sunday. a lot of beautiful tulips in bloom there as well. still the risk of unsettled weather as we head in through the next couple of days here. but as far as rome is concerned,
looking very nice for the rest of today. may see a few clouds from time to time. but stays dry. and for the beginning of this very busy week there in vatican city, we're going to continue to see warming temperatures and dry conditions. so it should be really lovely for all of the festivities this week that continue to go on there with the canonization. happy easter across much of europe. but it is a cold easter in dublin where the rain is coming down. those winds are gusting up to around 32 kilometers per hour. also blustery and wet in london for easter sunday. but in berlin it's looking really nice with temperatures up around 19 degrees. nice and warm there. unseasonally warm across much of germany where those beautiful flowers were blooming with a little bit earlier on. look at the winds here. this is the wind modeling as we head into the next 48 hours or so. you can see just how gusty those winds are across glasgow and
aberdeen. batten down the hatches. the u.s., overall the weather pattern is very pleasant u.s.-wide. a few shower possibilities from denver down into dallas/ft. worth if you happen to be heading in that direction. natalie? >> thank you. we appreciate the rolling easter grass and easter eggs. >> almost makes me a little seasick. yes, the easter egg roll at our nation's capital will be monday. >> look forward to that. hope it's pretty there, too. you're watching "cnn newsroom." ahead here, we will go onboard a ship simulator to see what it might have been like during that south korean ferry disaster. also -- >> they're always there to celebrate it with us because we're not celebrating with the one that we want. that is our family. >> malaysia airline staff speak out for the first time since flight 370 vanished. but their message is being tightly controlled. we'll have that for you as we push on here. [announcer] play close-good and close. help keep teeth clean and breath fresh
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welcome back to "cnn newsroom" on an easter sunday. i'm natalie allen. our top stories, the death toll rising now to 58 in that south korea ferry disaster. police brought more than a dozen bodies ashore today. 244 people are still missing. no one has been found alive since just after the ferry capsized and began to sink on wednesday. but divers are getting inside the ferry now for recovery.
an underwater drone is on its eighth mission searching for malaysia airlines flight 370. it found no traces of the plane on its previous trips. aircraft and ships continue to take part in the search. but wind and rain from a tropical storm are expected to impact operations from now into monday. the ukrainian nationalist faction right sector, that's what it's called, is denying involvement in a shooting in eastern ukraine. reports say at least four people or five were killed at a pro-russia check point near slovyansk. russian media say three of the dead were pro-russian demonstrators. the other two ukrainian nationalists. thousands of catholic christians have gathered at the vatican. some 100,000, we are told. to commemorate easter, the day christians believe jesus was resurrected from the dead. in less than an hour pope
francis will deliver his twice yearly blessing to the crowds there. we'll see what he has to say soon. more on our top story. hopes fading that anyone will be found alive inside that wrecked south korean ferry. divers still searching the ship. they are getting inside, as we've said, but they are dealing with rough seas complicating their mission. it is terrifying to think about what the people went through trying to get out. randi kaye reports on what it might have been like during wednesday's accident. >> reporter: as the south korean ferry began to lean, this is what it looked like and felt like. at this point with the vessel on its side, people would be falling. >> yes. people would have fallen. people would be injured. people would be climbing over each other if they were in a crowded compartment. and there would definitely be great fear and panic. >> reporter: this is a rare blimps inside a ship simulator in baltimore, maryland. captain donald marcus is showing
us what those onboard the ferry in the yellow sea may have been experiencing as the ship started to sink. it's so disorienting. >> yes. it certainly is at this point. >> reporter: as the ferry took on water, a loud speaker onboard warned passengers to stay where they are. >> don't move. if you move, it is more dangerous. don't move. >> reporter: this cell phone video shows people staying in place. those who ignored the warning believe that's why they got out alive. >> kept announcing that. about ten times. so kids were forced to stay put. only some of those who moved survived. >> reporter: captain marcus says that is not standard protocol. that passengers should have been moved to upper decks. is there something that a passenger should do in a situation like that. >> you certainly go to a higher deck. go where you can exit the vessel. generally speaking, you're safer on the vessel until such point as you say seassess that, yes, vessel is going to sink. then you abandoned ship.
>> reporter: a blanket warning of don't move doesn't make sense to you? >> not to me. >> reporter: when the ferry started to take on water alarms like these would have sounded immediately. they wouldn't indicate whether or not the ferry had hit a rock or if there was an explosion. nor would they specify where water was coming in. >> various alarms, emergency signals. trying to contact various crew to do assessments. >> reporter: investigators believe the ferry likely ran off course due to foggy weather. they say the ship may have made a sharp turn to get back on track. >> the danger is not in overcorrecting. the danger is getting to that point of no return. >> reporter: we can even simulate the rescue operation under way here. they are dealing with heavy rains, high winds, rough seas. you can see the rescue ships out there and the choppers up above which are there. but looking at these conditions, it's easy to understand why it has been so difficult for the rescuers to get inside that ferry and see if there's anyone there still alive.
alive, and perhaps in air pockets in the ship. but neither time nor temperature are on their side. randi kaye, cnn, baltimore. now back to the other international search for missing malaysia airlines flight 370. throughout this ordeal, the airline has not been allowing its staff to speak with reporters. well, now the company has released a carefully edited video in which selected staff members talk about the loss of the flight. but as nic robertson roberts, the video does not address some key questions journalists have been asking. >> reporter: malaysia airlines has recorded and released three staff interviews. >> i'm edward lewis. i'm a captain with malaysia airlines. >> i'm an engineer. >> i'm a chief stewardess.
>> reporter: since flight 370 disappe disappeared, the airline stopped staff from talking directly to journalists. now on ewe tuyoutube and the cos website, an emotional outpouring. >> most importantly, when we're away on our birthdays, on anniversaries, they're always there to celebrate it with us. because we're not celebrating with the one that we want. that is our family. >> reporter: a very personal grief. missing friends aboard flight 370. >> she likes to ask people of lipstick colors. because to her, everybody's lipstick looks nice but not her. andrew last gave me a shoulder massage. generally because i was sick. >> reporter: but in these carefully edited tributes, a seemingly bigger corporate message woven in. malaysian airlines is safe and
open for business. >> i'm proud to see the pilots have shown great resolve. able to stand strong. stay focused and carry on the job. of course, at the same time we also feel really sad. >> currently the challenges that we are facing is very difficult for everyone in the organization. however, being a professional engineer, we still maintain the standard and quality whenever we work on the aircraft. >> reporter: in the past six weeks since flight 370 disappeared, apart from attending press conferences, malaysian airlines have kept journalists at arm's length. our repeated requests for information on issues including morale and security have only ever been met with partial answers. and mostly then, only ever in the form of written statements. the new staff interview videos
also don't answer the many questions flight 370 passengers' families are also asking malaysia airlines. instead, they seem to reach beyond them. to new passengers. >> our hope is that at some point, we can find the answers to what's happened. meanwhile, we are -- we carry on with our tasks, our job. >> reporter: a job that for many at the airline won't be easy any time soon. nic robertson, cnn, kuala lumpur, malaysia. on monday thousands of athletes from around the world will compete in the annual boston marathon. this year's event isn't only about the 26-mile run. it is also about remembering those affected by the bombings in last year's tragic race. this was the scene yesterday as hundreds came out for a one-mile run, a tribute to those who died in the attack. the tribute also honored the
emergency services and people and police who responded to the attack. cnn's deborah feyerick sat down with two of the fbi's top agents to look back at the bombing and the chaotic, violent search for the attackers that followed. >> reporter: the force of the two blasts, 12 seconds apart, said it all. what struck you about it? >> just the magnitude of it. it wasn't something small. it wasn't something insignificant. >> reporter: within minutes, more than 1,000 police and federal law enforcement agents would embark on the largest investigation and man hunt of its kind in the united states. by the time you got to the crime scene, this is really what it looked like, correct? >> yep. it was a scene of utter devastation and carnage. there was evidence strewn all over the place. >> reporter: at fbi headquarters, chief of the national security branch, stephanie douglas, was keenly aware of the stakes.
>> we had to be concerned that there were other bombs or other co-conspirators elsewhere outside of boston. >> reporter: authorities knew at least one killer was on the loose. but where? and what next? by tuesday, investigators had started piecing together the pressure cooker bombs. identifying them as similar to devices in an al qaeda bomb making manual. >> we were collecting pieces of shrapnel that had been contained inside the bombs. pieces of pressure cooker bombs. pieces of the backpacks that had been used to contain the bomb. >> reporter: a major break in the case came less than 36 hours a f the attack. >> a couple people from our counterterrorism division came in with a laptop like this. and they said, we think we know who did it. >> reporter: of the more than 12,000 videos from businesses and marathon spectators, something unmistakable at the second blast site. >> you see a man in a white ball cap, the hat is turned around backwards, walking into the frame of the shot.
>> he places that backpack down on the ground sliding it off his shoulder. a short time later, maybe 15 minutes later, he makes a cell phone call. after that cell phone call concludes, very shortly thereafter, you hear the first bomb go off farther down near the finish line. he glances quickly to the left but then walks -- walks diligently and deliberately to the right. about 15 to 20 seconds after he departs the view of the camera, the second bomb goes off. >> reporter: that video has never been seen by the public. but is expected to be shown at trial in november. what did that suggest to you when this man took a cell phone call while walking away? >> that there was another conspirator. >> reporter: that co-conspirator was identified later that day. another crucial lead. >> this video depicted the individual we then called black hat walking with white hat. down boyleston street.
>> reporter: it has been three full days. with the suspects still at large a game changing addition. >> we are enlisting the public's help to identify the two suspects. >> reporter: hours passed. no tips identifying ining dzhod tamerlan tsarnaev by name. how important was it to you and the bureau and everyone else involved in the investigation the two suspects be taken alive? >> very, very important. >> reporter: but that's not what happened. >> they have explosives, some type of grenades! they're in between houses. shots fired. >> reporter: following an eight-minute fire fight in watertown police wrestled a wounded tamerlan to the ground. his brother, driving an alleged stolen car, tried to free him. instead, police say he ran him over. tamerlan was fingerprinted and finally identified by name. brother dzhokhar, also shot, was discovered hiding in a boat after a day long lockdown.
he was less than .2 mile from where he'd abandoned his vehicle. he's got a sniper's rifle pointed right at his head because he was still a threat. >> he was still a threat. we didn't know if he had bomb on him. we didn't know if he had weapons on him. >> reporter: dzhokhar tsarnaev will stand trial in november. deborah feyerick, cnn, boston. >> you can see more of our boston marathon anniversary coverage on our website. you can learn more about the spon tan ytaneous memorial afte attack. cnn spoke with a member of the boston archives also who helped preserve and document that moment in the city's history. you can see more of it at cnn.com. a man claiming to be the leader of the radical terrorist group boko haram in nigeria claims responsibility for a deadly bombing there recently. but he says nothing about the kidnapping of scores of schoolgirls. we'll have a live report ahead to find out if there are any developments in the search for these girls.
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84 schoolgirls are still missing in nigeria. they are among the 129 kidnapped last week from their school. cnn's vladimir is live in the capital. are there encouraging developments to finding these girls and returning them to their families? >> reporter: hi, natalie. there are -- we haven't heard yet that the military has been able to successfully rescue the remaining girls that are being held captive. these are girls that were taken in the middle of the night on monday by the islamist militant group boko haram. these armed attackers stormed the campus of their school in borno state in the middle of the night and carted away these girls in trucks, vans, vehicles before burning down homes and businesses in the town.
there was an interesting development yesterday. the education commissioner for borno state tells us that one girl had been returned to her family and what's happened, in fact, is that of -- there are 45 girls that have since gone home. 28 of those girls have been -- escaped from the clutches of boko haram. 17 of these children ran away during the ensuing attack. in other words, they ran away from the schools back to their parents' homes in their villages. subsequently as the school was doing a head count, they realized there were 129 girls missing. 17 girls came back from their parents' home to the school to tell them that they were here. that they had not actually been taken. yesterday the education commissioner telling us that one such girl had returned to the girl to say that i'm here. i was never taken in the abducti abduction. as far as movement of the rescue operation, the military has launched a search and rescue operation. the president of nigeria, godluck jonathan is directing military and national security
agencies to find these girls. as of yet no, no movement on that front, natalie. >> so unfortunate. boko haram has done this before, even though not claiming direct responsibility for this one. boko haram, of course, translates to western education is a sin. this group operating for so many years in nigeria, vladimir, seems to be getting more and more brazen. we have seen that new video from the group. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: so this new video from the man claiming to be sheikh how, he's the supposed leader of boko haram, in the video he claims boko haram is responsible for the attack that happened on monday here on a crowded bus depot at rush hour. 71 people killed. at least 130 people injured. a massive explosion that killed scores of people there. he's saying this is the work of boko haram. you're absolutely right, natalie.
this group has become more brazen in their attacks. if you can just imagine the number of people killed just this year alone, human rights watch and amnesty international say 1,500 people have died in boko haram-related violence just this year alone. that's an incredible number of deaths. you know, a lot of ordinary nigerians when i talk to them in the streets, they're just astounded by the fact that this group is growing more and more vicious. what's on top of that, you have the nigerian military given wide latitude to combat the group in three states in the northeast of the country. in doing so they've according to rights groups carried out killings, illegal interrogations. a lot of people feel that that is fueling the violence. it is fueling the escalation and the bloodshed. and this is what nigerians are going through on a daily basis. you know, in talking to some of the parents that were -- of the girls that were abducted last week, i want to read for our viewers some of the things that they told us. one woman, a mother of the child
said, i'd hope that the soldiers would rescue my daughters and all others. that hope has dissipated. i now hold the military responsible for whatever harm that is visited on my daughter by boko haram abductors because it is their duty to find and registration cue her. my life will be worthless without my daughter. that's what people are going through on an almost daily basis. people are concerned boko haram is expanding their campaign of terror. not just in the northeast but here in the nation's capital. >> just terrible. on this easter sunday we are reminded they have continuously attacked christian churches on sundays as well. very tragic. thank you so much. vladimir duthier from abuja, nigeria. you're watching "cnn newsroom." ahead here, the world has gotten another glimpse of little prince george as the british royal's trip down under continues. his parents took him to the zoo. we'll have a live report for you in just a moment. i'm beth... and i'm michelle. and we own the paper cottage. it's a stationery and gifts store.
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there's the little guy just two days shy of turning 9 months old. britain's prince george along with his parntss william and catherine visited sydney zoo where the bilby contribute has been named in the infant's honor. joining me live, cnn's royal correspondent. if anybody hasn't had a chance to see a little bilby in a while, they're getting their chance today. it was a much anticipated visit there for the royals. how did it go, max? >> reporter: the most famous bilby in the world right now, probably. it looked like just an ordinary day at the zoo on one level. but, of course, when george goes into an enclosure, the animal is named after him. the enclosure is named after him. this was his second official engagement. his first in australia. a big moment in his little royal life. and he absolutely loved it. it was less than half an hour, the actual moment in the bilby enclosure. but the world's media was there to see it because he's changing so much.
this is recording every little moment of his life. it was a big historic royal moment. he seemed to really enjoy it. kate and william seemed just like proud parents in their informal way. it's easter sunday here. a day out in the zoo. but it was the big moment everyone was waiting for on this tour. thankfully for his parents, natalie, no tantrums. >> he does look like a busy little -- little thing, doesn't he? report ledly he tried to reach t and pet the bilby named after him. his parents said something about don't -- he doesn't want to do that until the bilby wants to lose an ear. an indication he's quite active. >> reporter: he was given a cuddly toy as well. he looked really excited about it. his arms and legs going all over the place. he promptly threw it away. in many ways like any other 8-month-old. then the duke and duchess went on. they left him with his nanny. he went off. they carried on to other parts
of the zoo. they went into this amphitheater with this incredible view of the harbor. william is very involved in conservation, of course. there was a display. it was about the zoo and the animals there. the message was about conservation. they went up and met various anima animals, various indigenous animals to australia. huge media pack there. of course, the obligatory photo with the koala bear as well. another sort of iconic setting for this royal couple. they will move on next. they've been to the sydney opera house. they really are creating a visual history, really, of their time here in australia. it plays into australian history as well. and it's helping with the monarchy cause in australia. it only strengthens, really, those ties between australia and a monarchy that comes from the other side of the planet. actually just a picture moment, really. these pictures being beamed
around the world as we speak. on the front pages of newspapers. because, you know, it was really about the koala, the couple, and also prince george. >> this trip has really been remarkable, max. talk to us about the importance, as you say, for the monarchy being so far away from australia and it seems that every step this couple has just been remarkable in their relations to the people who've come out. of course, her fashions. the baby's fashions. i don't know if it could have gone any better for the royal family. >> reporter: yeah. i never imagine there'll be a baby fashion expert. all those outfits have sold out straight away online. people identifying the outfits as soon as he appears. tell people where they can buy them. they sell out immediately. the best sort of judgment has to be from the local media. and increasingly all the networks are going to every
single event live. they are very excited about it. there are big crowds wherever they go. it's certainly been going extremely well for the couple. australia seems to be enjoying it. >> certainly have been. the couple as well. they have to be exhausted, but they certainly have not shown it. thanks so much, max foster there live for us in sydney once again. we'll see you soon. thank you for watching "cnn newsroom." a reminder of easter sunday being celebrated at the vatican. it's under way right now. and a little bit later here on cnn, we will have the pope's message to the world and the 100,000 gathered there. thank you for watching. thank you for watching. natalie allen. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
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