Jonathan: Boko Haram West Africa's al-Qaeda

2014-05-17 20:05
Boko Haram Islamists leader Abubakar Shekau. (File AFP

Boko Haram Islamists leader Abubakar Shekau. (File AFP

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Paris - Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls, is no longer a local threat but has become West Africa's al-Qaeda, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Saturday.

"Boko Haram is no longer a local terrorist group, it is operating clearly as an Al-Qaeda operation, it is an al-Qaeda of West Africa," Jonathan told a news conference in Paris following a meeting of West African leaders on the issue.

"We have shown our commitment for a regional approach. Without West African countries coming together we will not be able to crush these terrorists," Jonathan said.

Read more on:    al-qaeda  |  boko haram  |  goodluck jonathan  |  nigeria  |  west africa  |  nigeria kidnappings

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