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African leaders to hold B’Haram summit Wednesday

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CENTRAL and West African leaders will hold a summit on Wednesday to fine tune their campaign to crush Boko Haram, who appear to be losing ground in the face of a regional military offensive.

The talks will be the first since Nigeria’s election a week ago, which was won by Muhammadu Buhari, a former military leader who has vowed to rid his country of the “terror” the Islamist militants have sown, AFP reported.

Boko Haram, whose rampage through northeastern Nigeria has left more than 15,000 people dead since 2009, is the region’s most pressing security problem, having sent refugees fleeing across borders and displaced tens of thousands within Nigeria.

The West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, said in a statement yesterday that the meeting in the Equatorial Guinea capital, Malabo, came “in the face of the mounting and increasingly bloody attacks by the fundamentalists against Nigeria, Niger, Cameroun and Chad.”


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