‘War on Boko Haram’: African, Western Nations Unify in Hunt for Nigerian Girls

A woman attends a demonstration calling on the government to increase efforts to rescue the 276 missing kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school Chibok, in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, May 5, 2014. Leader of a protest march Saratu Angus Ndirpaya of Chibok town, said that Nigeria's First Lady ordered her and another protest leader to be arrested Monday, and expressed doubts there was any kidnapping and accused them of belonging to the Islamic insurgent group blamed for the abductions. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

(CNN) — Nigeria and four neighboring countries will share intelligence and border surveillance in the hunt for more than 200 Nigerian girls still held by Boko Haram, and Western nations will provide technical expertise and training to the new regional African effort against the extreme Islamists.

The plan was announced Saturday at the conclusion of a security summit in Paris hosted by French President François Hollande.

Hollande described Boko Haram as now a bigger terror threat than first portrayed — beyond Nigeria and even Africa.

“Boko Haram is an organization that is linked to terrorism in Africa and whose will is to destabilize the north of Nigeria, certainly, and all the neighboring countries of Nigeria and beyond that region,” he said.

Cameroon President Paul Biya was more forceful in describing how partnering countries will “take stronger measures to eradicate” the extremist Islamist group.

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