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01 May 2016 description

N'Djamena, Chad | AFP | Saturday 5/1/2016 - 03:42 GMT

by Valérie LEROUX

With US and European support, African states threatened by Boko Haram are out to smash the militant Islamist group terrorising the region -- but a coordinated response is required if they are to succeed.

A regional offensive launched early last year against the group by Chad, and Nigeria under new President Muhammadu Buhari has seen Boko Haram driven out from numerous towns and villages that it controlled in northeastern Nigeria.