Counter-Terrorism: Nigeria Hosts West African Security Summit

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In a bid to improve West Africas’ readiness to counter-terrorism, a summit was held yesterday in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, aimed at improving the region’s response to threats from Islamist militant groups.

Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, who organised the two-day event, said it aimed to focus on finding African-led solutions to the insecurity.

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In recent years jihadist groups have increased their attacks across the Sahel region despite the presence of thousands of international troops.

Three countries worst affected by the violence – Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger – have not sent officials to the summit.

They are all under military rule following coups – a situation which has strained relations with other nations in the region.

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