Regional force to counter Boko Haram operational from November: W.African leaders

 A regional force put in place to counter the Boko Haram jihadist group in Nigeria will start operations in November, West African leaders decided after a summit in Niger on Tuesday.

Niamey: A regional force put in place to counter the Boko Haram jihadist group in Nigeria will start operations in November, West African leaders decided after a summit in Niger on Tuesday.

The creation of a headquarters for the force will be "accelerated ... to make it operational before the end of November", while military battalions will be deployed in the same timeframe "to our respective borders", said Niger`s President Mahamadou Issoufou following a day of talks with the leaders of Nigeria, Chad, Benin and the foreign minister of Cameroon. 

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