West Africa lead­ers meet over Boko Haram

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Top lead­ers from Chad, Nige­ria, Niger and Cameroon were hold­ing talks in N’Dja­mena on Thurs­day to dis­cuss the re­cent es­ca­la­tion of at­tacks by Boko Haram mil­i­tants in the Lake Chad area. Nige­rian Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari and Niger’s Ma­hamadou Is­soufou flew into the Cha­dian cap­i­tal where they were hold­ing talks with Chad’s Idriss Deby and Cameroon’s Prime Min­is­ter Phile­mon Yan. The meet­ing fo­cused on se­cu­rity in the Lake Chad re­gion – an area where the bor­ders of four coun­tries con­verge and where there has been a resur­gence of at­tacks re­cently. Since July, there have been 17 at­tacks by Boko Haram on mil­i­tary bases in Nige­ria, al­most all of them in the re­gion around Lake Chad. This month, ISIS claimed its mil­i­tants had killed 118 peo­ple in Nige­ria and Chad this month.

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