Saturday, 31 May 2014

# Africa News # Boko Haram

West and Central Africa to join forces against Boko Haram

The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) announced plans on Saturday to increase co-operation with Central African states in the battle against "terrorism", amid fears of Boko Haram's insurgency spreading across the region.

Nigeria has said repeatedly that it needs more help from its neighbours – including Chad, Cameroon and Niger – to end the brutal five-year insurgency being waged by the Islamist group.

In the final communique of an extraordinary security summit, the West African bloc said it would "establish a high-level partnership with Central African states to effectively combat terrorism". Continue...

Nigeria says Boko Haram fighters escape military pursuit by fleeing across the porous borders of its northeastern neighbours and some analysts say senior Boko Haram commanders are based in Cameroon.

Nigeria's presidency has accused Cameroon of not doing enough to help defeat the group.

The call at the West African summit follows a joint declaration of war against Islamist insurgents by Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger at a meeting in Paris.

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