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Five African Countries agreed to fight Boko Haram

( 13, 2015)-Five African Countries have agreed to set up a joint military force, led by Nigeria, to fight the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram.

The leaders reached the deal at a summit hosted by Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari made tackling Boko Haram a key campaign pledge.

The BBC says most of the troops will be from Nigeria, with Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin also contributing.
Thousands of people have been killed and hundreds kidnapped by the group.

The decision that a Nigerian Commander should lead the force came after Mr Buhari rejected calls for leadership to rotate between the countries.

But the five leaders agreed that the force would be based in the Chadian capital, N'djamena, rather than Baga in northeast Nigeria.

Calling this meeting at short notice is a sign that ending the Boko Haram insurgency is the number one priority for President Buhari.


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