Britain, Nigeria agree to cooperate on terrorism

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British Prime Minister David Cameron and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday agreed to cooperate to fight terrorism, with the West African nation hit by a wave of recent bomb blasts.

The two leaders announced the plan for cooperation after holding talks in Lagos, part of Cameron's one-day visit to Nigeria.

"The UK and Nigeria will step up efforts to work together to combat the threat of terrorism," a final communique said.

"The UK will provide assistance and expertise to help strengthen and reform Nigerias security apparatus and structures, including support for police reform and by helping Nigeria establish a COBR equivalent for use in situations of national emergency."

Britain's COBR -- Cabinet Official Briefing Room -- coordinates government responses to crises.

Nigeria's north has been hit by almost daily bombings and shootings in recent weeks blamed on an Islamist sect known as Boko Haram, which also launched an uprising in 2009.

There has been intense speculation over whether the sect has links to other Islamist groups outside of Nigeria, raising concerns among Western nations.

© 2011 AFP

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