Nigeria and neighbours ‘declare war’ on Boko Haram over abducted girls
Published on May 18, 2014 12:53 AM
PARIS (AFP) - Nigeria and its neighbours on Saturday vowed to work together to combat Boko Haram in what Cameroon President Paul Biya described as a declaration of war on the Islamic militants.
Meeting in Paris, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and his counterparts from Benin, Chad, Cameroon and Niger approved an action plan designed to counter an organisation blamed for 2,000 deaths this year alone and which has caused global outrage with its abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls.
Just hours ahead of the summit, the Islamists carried out another brazen attack, this time killing one Chinese worker and kidnapping 10 others in Cameroon – underlining the regional threat posed by the group.
“We have seen what this organisation is capable of,” French President Francois Hollande said at the close of the half-day summit here.
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