With assistance, Africa targets coordinated fight against Boko Haram

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N’DJAMENA: With US and European support, African states threatened by Boko Haram are out to smash the militant Islamist group terrorizing the region – but a coordinated response is required if they are to succeed. A regional offensive launched early last year against the group by Chad, and Nigeria under new President Muhammadu Buhari has seen Boko Haram driven out from numerous towns and villages that it controlled in northeastern Nigeria. Two weeks ago, Nigeria’s military said it would raid the group’s Sambisa Forest stronghold on the Cameroon border. The group also has hideouts within nearby Lake Chad’s huge maze of small islands and swampland.

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