Sunday, March 11, 2012

US to Nigeria: Develop north to beat Boko Haram

5 March 2012

* U.S. planning to establish consulate in violent north
* Washington says holistic approach needed to defeat sect
* Nigeria says kills 5 Islamists trying to burn down school

ABUJA, March 5 (Reuters) - The United States urged Nigeria to tackle an Islamist insurgency in the north by bringing jobs and development to the deprived region, and it pledged to support Abuja in the task.

U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman said on Monday that the United States was looking to establish a consulate in Kano, Nigeria's biggest northern city and a recent target of attacks, as well as a number of other ways to help it fight radical Islamist sect Boko Haram.

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