ECOWAS leaders pledge $1 bln to fight Islamist militants

Leaders of West African nations on Saturday pledged $1 billion to combat the surge in Islamist militancy threats in the sub-region. The ECOWAS sub-region has become troubled region with militants constantly launching deadly attacks. Al Qaeda and Islamic State aligned groups have strengthened their foothold across West Africa and the Sahel region. This year a lot of ethnic violence and militant attacks have taken place especially in Mali and Burkina Faso. At an extraordinary summit in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ougadougou the leaders promised to fight the growing insecurity. ECOWAS Commission…

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