Nigeria, Chad And Cameroon Combine To Fight Boko Haram

Nigeria, Chad And Cameroon Combine To Fight Boko Haram

The United Nations Security Council has given it's support for plans by African countries to set up a multinational force to fight Boko Haram, according to Vanguard.

The Resolution by the UN is in response to the threats posed by the jihadists who have been carrying out constant attacks in Nigeria and Cameroon.

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The statement from the UN meeting which was held in Niger, urged Nigeria’s neighbors to advance plans for the deployment of a multinational task force to drive out the insurgents.

According to the plan, Chad is set to contribute a sizable contingent to the force along with Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Benin.

The council also strongly condemned the attacks by Boko Haram, in particular those involving children used as suicide bombers, and demanded an end to the violence.

The statement from the UN council came as Boko Haram fighters seized scores of hostages in a raid in neighboring Cameroon on January 18, 2015, Sunday.

About twenty hostages were later released but the attack compounded fears that Boko Haram was gearing up operations beyond Nigeria’s borders.

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African countries were urged by the council to “identify the means and modalities of the envisaged deployment, especially in the areas of intelligence sharing and joint operations.

Boko Haram began a campaign of terrorism in Nigeria in 2009, attempting to create an Islamic state and to deny Western-style education. Thousands of people have been killed, mostly in northeastern Nigeria since the attacks began.


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