US warns Nigeria Boko Haram threatens its future

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ABUJA: The United States on Thursday (Friday in Manila) said it was concerned by increasing Boko Haram violence and territorial gains in Nigeria, warning that the deteriorating situation threatened the African giant’s future. Boko Haram, which has been waging a violent insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives since 2009, has in recent weeks overrun and held swathes of territory in Nigeria’s far northeast. The militants on Monday reportedly took over Bama, 70 kilometers (45 miles) from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, where 10,000 youths, former soldiers and police gathered on Thursday vowing to push back the advance.

AFP

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