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French President Hollande: Boko Haram Still a Dangerous Threat Despite Gains

In Survival on May 14, 2016 at 12:48 pm

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© Pool/AFP | French President Francois Hollande and Central African Republic President Faustin Touadera visit the KM5 area of the CAR capital Bangui on May 13, 2016

ABUJA (AFP) – Boko Haram remain a threat despite “impressive” military gains against it, French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday, as regional and Western leaders gathered for talks on the Islamist threat.

“The results (of the counter-insurgency) are impressive” and the rebels had been “diminished and forced to retreat”, he told a news conference in Abuja but added: “This terrorist group nevertheless remains a threat.”

© AFP/File | A Malian police officer stands guard as workers clean up ouside the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 22, 2015, two days after a deadly attack

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