Nigeria Says It Plans a Lake Chad Basin Base to Fight Boko Haram

The Nigerian navy will set up an operation base along the Lake Chad Basin to ramp up its fight against Islamist militants, Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibot-Ete Ekwe Ibas told reporters Monday in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.

Nigeria, its regional neighbors and global partners such as the U.S., U.K., France and the European Union met earlier this month to address Boko Haram violence that has displaced more than two million people in Nigeria’s northeast. The group’s seven-year fight to impose its version of Sharia, or Islamic law, has killed thousands and caused at least $9 billion in damage, according to government estimates.

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