Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has convened an emergency summit of regional leaders to discuss escalating attacks by Islamist group Boko Haram.
The summit will examine ways to strengthen the multinational force set up by regional states to fight the armed group, Buhari’s cabinet said.
The presidents of Chad, Cameroon, Niger, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Benin are expected to attend the meeting in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad.
Activists killed some 40 soldiers and abducted more than 50 civilians in northeastern Nigeria. They have taken at least 15 children in neighbouring Niger in the last two weeks.