UN welcomes stepped up action against Boko Haram
06 February 2015, 11:00
UN - The UN Security Council is urging
nations in west and central Africa to step up regional military operations to
counter Boko Haram and is welcoming a meeting in Cameroon to finalise plans for
a 7,500-strong force to fight the Islamic extremists.
Cameroon and Chad joined Nigeria in
launching an air and ground offensive this week and military action involving
other nations is expected to increase following the meeting in Cameroon's
capital, Yaounde, which began on Thursday and ends Saturday.
A council press statement on Thursday
commended the Chadian army's swift assistance in the fight against Boko Haram
in Nigeria which "neutralised" more than 200 terrorists and led to
the recovery of territory from the militants.
Council members condemned the continued
escalation of attacks by Boko Haram "in the strongest terms”.