PARIS, July 1 (Xinhua)
French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday denounced Boko Haram’s recent attacks in Nigeria,stressing that such “despicable acts”will further boost the international community’s cooperation in fighting terrorism.
Hollande held talks with his Nigerian counterpart Goodluck Jonathan to review their joint actions to locate hundreds of schoolgirls abducted in April by the Islamist cell and to help release them.
The French president also reiterated Paris’ support to Nigeria, Niger,Cameroon and Chad to crackdown against terrorists in the region, adding that a regional information cell had been set up and was expected to strengthen the fight against Boko Haram.
During their phone conversation,Hollande expressed solidarity with Nigeria after fresh terror attacks hit the capital Abuja and targeted churches in the village of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria last week.
Since its formation in 2002, Boko Haram has killed about 10,000 people. The group has killed about 1,500 Nigerians since the beginning of this year. In April, the militant group claimed responsibility for the abduction of 276 schoolgirls during a raid in Chibok.