West Africa leaders meet over Boko Haram
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.