Lawless borders spur West African summit

Posted: May 18, 2014 at 4:30 a.m.

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou, left shakes hands with Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, right, as French President Francois Hollande, center, looks on upon his arrival for the "Paris' Security in Nigeria summit", at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Saturday, May 17, 2014. Leaders from Africa as well as officials from the United States, Britain and France meet to coordinate a response to Boko Haram, the fundamentalist group that abducted more than 300 girls and is accused of hundreds of deaths in the past year alone. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

PARIS -- The heads of state of five West African countries, including Nigeria, met Saturday with Western officials and agreed to share intelligence and strengthen military cooperation to combat the regional threat from the extremist Islamist group Boko Haram, which abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria last month.

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