Daily Trust (Abuja)

11 December 2012

Nigeria: U.S. - Boko Haram Capable of Exporting Violence

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Alliance between the Boko Haram sect and other groups around the word has increased the sect's strength to export violence, General Carter F. Ham, Commander of US Africa Command, has said.

The commander made the remarks yesterday while presenting a lecture at the National Defence College, Abuja.

He said even though Al-Qa'ida has been weakened, its alliance with affiliate groups including the Boko Haram have increased threat to African states and regional stability as well as to U. S. and international security.

"Reported communications, training, and weapons linkages between Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, in the north and west Africa, Al-Shabaab in Yemen and Boko Haram have strengthened the overall network's capacity to export violence."

He said in spite of the fact that security forces have a prominent role in addressing Boko Haram, an effective solution would require a broad-based strategy that addresses underlying social and economic issues.

He said violent organisations such as Boko Haram have not only increased their connectivity with each other but have increased collaboration with criminal networks.

The Commandant of the Defence College, Rear Admiral Thomas Lokoson had in August visited the headquarters of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) at Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany.

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