West African Leaders Meet to Tackle Boko Haram Upsurge

Leaders of three West African nations will meet in Chad on Thursday to discuss how to tackle a recent increase in activity by Boko Haram jihadist fighters in the region, the Chadian presidency told AFP. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou will meet behind closed doors with their Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby for a “mini-summit” after which a statement will be issued. The armies of the three countries, along with Cameroon’s, are operating in the Lake Chad region in the Multinational Joint Task Force ( MNJTF) to counter the Islamic State-affiliated Boko Haram, More than 27 000 people have died since the start of the Boko Haram insurgency, which began in Nigeria’s remote northeast in 2009. Some 1.8 million people are still homeless after fleeing the violence. AFP

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