UPDATE 2-West African leaders mull new force to fight Boko Haram insurgents

January 16, 2015 7:25 PM

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ACCRA Jan 16 (Reuters) - West African leaders are considering creating a military force to fight Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist insurgents and will meet next week to tackle the issue, Ghanaian President John Mahama said on Friday.

Boko Haram has killed thousands of people over the last year in its campaign to revive a medieval Islamic caliphate and is seen as the worst security threat to Nigeria, Africa's most populous country and biggest energy producer. Boko Haram has also launched cross-border attacks into Cameroon and Nig...

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