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Cameroon, which shares much of Nigeria's northeastern border, officials say militants from the group led by Abubakar Shekau have sneaked in with a tide of refugees, causing a rise in kidnappings, fighting and criminal acts just across the border from Nigeria’s Borno state.
University of Massachusetts-Boston Professor Darren Kew estimates that Boko Haram has 300 hard-line fighters, with another 1,000 held in Nigerian prisons and as many as 2,000 more hired guns at its disposal.
Niger are simply lines on a piece of paper that were drawn there by the French and English when they were in the region,” said John Campbell, senior fellow for African Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and former ambassador to Nigeria