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Niger, Its Neighbors Preparing for Final Operation Against Boko Haram

© REUTERS / Joe PenneyNigerien special forces prepare to fight Boko Haram in Diffa March 26, 2015
Nigerien special forces prepare to fight Boko Haram in Diffa March 26, 2015 - Sputnik International
The military forces of Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin are preparing a final assault on the Boko Haram jihadist group, Nigerian Defense Minister Hassoumi Massoudou has announced.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Boko Haram extremist group began large-scale attacks in northeastern Nigeria in 2009. Last year, the group expanded its attacks into neighboring Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

This file photo taken on August 14, 2016 shows a video grab image created on August 14, 2016 and taken from a video released on youtube purportedly by Islamist group Boko Haram showing what is claimed to be one of the groups fighters at an undisclosed location standing in front of girls allegedly kidnapped from Chibok in April 2014. - Sputnik International
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"The current meeting aims at preparing the final phase of the eradication of Boko Haram from our territory," Massoudou said after a Thursday meeting between the heads of the countries’ armies, as quoted by The Telegraph on Friday.

The extremist group has pledged allegiance to the Daesh terrorist organization, outlawed in Russia and many other countries.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Boko Haram insurgency has displaced more than 2.25 million people since 2014. A total of 2.066 million people are displaced within Nigeria and 190,000 people – in the neighboring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

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