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Default West Africa: African Leaders 'Declare War' On Boko Haram

African nations meeting in Paris have agreed to cooperate in the fight against Boko Haram. Meanwhile, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to find the more than 200 girls kidnapped by the Islamist militants.

During a summit in Paris on Saturday, Nigeria's neighbors declared war on Boko Haram, vowing to join forces with Abuja to defeat the Islamist militant group.

President Idriss Deby of Chad said that regional African powers had agreed "to launch a total war on Boko Haram." Cameroon's president, Paul Biya, used similarly strong language.

"We are here to declare war on Boko Haram," Biya told journalists after the summit had concluded.

In the latest incident of violence, suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a camp of Chinese roadworkers in northern Cameroon on Friday. The regional governor said that 10 people had been kidnapped by the militants. A local police chief said that one Chinese worker had been killed in the raid.

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Cameroon makin' a monkey outta Boko Haram...

Cameroon Claims to Have Freed 5,000 Boko Haram Captives
March 14, 2017 — Cameroon says it has killed at least 60 Boko Haram fighters and destroyed a stronghold for the militant group, as well as a huge stock of seized weapons, in fighting along its northern border.
Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon minister of communication and a government spokesperson, said, since January 26, thousands of Cameroon soldiers, supported by Nigerian troops, have launched raids on Boko Haram strongholds in the Mandara mountains, freeing more than 5,000 people, including women and children, from captivity. Issa Tchiroma said at least 60 terrorists have been killed since the offensive began in late January.

More than 20 suspects have been arrested and are helping the Cameroon and Nigerian militaries in their investigations, he added. He also said troops have destroyed a refuge center for the insurgents in the Mandara highlands, a petroleum depot and an explosives factory, as well as the residence of a Boko Haram leader, which also served as a hideout for the terrorists, and a huge consignment of weapons, vehicles and motorcycles.

Cameroonian soldiers from the Rapid Intervention Brigade stand guard amidst dust kicked up by a helicopter in Kolofata, Cameroon

Issa Tchiroma said at least 5,000 people were freed, including the elderly. They were transported to a camp for displaced people in the Nigerian town of Banki and are receiving treatment from both Cameroon and Nigerian military health workers, he said. No soldiers were killed in the offensive, Issa Tchiroma said. In December last year, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced troops had chased Boko Haram militants out of their key remaining base in the Sambisa forest, another former stronghold that straddles Cameroon’s border with Nigeria.

Cameroon and Nigeria that same month reopened the border between the two countries for the first time in three years. Cameroon has since called for vigilance and collaboration between its military and the population, stating that the insurgents had resorted to large-scale suicide bombings as their firepower had been greatly reduced. Boko Haram's six-year insurgency has killed more than 25,000 people and displaced nearly 2.3 million, according to rights groups and the United Nations.

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