WATCH: African leader vows to fight Boko Haram
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WATCH: Africa’s leader says Boko Haram will not go away as it claims credit for attack on school source NBC Nightly News article African leaders vow to fight the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, which has killed more than 200 people and abducted more than a dozen in the past week.
In a televised address on Monday, Chad’s president, Abassael Obasanjo, vowed to “end this barbarity” in Nigeria, which is home to about 60,000 Muslim Nigerians.
The Nigerian military has been battling Boko Haram for more than two years, but the group has not been defeated and has continued to threaten Nigeria and neighboring countries.
Obasadjo made the remarks in front of the National Assembly, the country’s legislature.
He said Boko Haram had been “defeatist and cowardly,” and that its violence was “killing our people and the lives of our children.”
Obasadja also announced that the government will take action to prevent the spread of the disease that has claimed at least 6,500 lives in Nigeria.
“I have said to the government: You will fight against this barbaric, cowardly group,” he said.
“And we will make sure it does not spread further.”
The Nigerian government has also been conducting airstrikes against Boko Haram in the south, and said Tuesday that more than 3,000 civilians had been killed since January, according to a statement from the Defense Ministry.
But the statement did not give details on how many civilians had died or how many were killed.
On Saturday, Boko Haram militants in the north launched an attack on a police station, killing at least four officers and wounding at least 40.
The attack came after the military recaptured the town of Taka on the Tigris River from Boko Haram.
The town had been held by Boko Haram since 2009.
In the northern city of Maiduguri, a Boko Haram attack on an army base killed at least five soldiers, according the military.
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