African leaders work to counter Boko Haram

Paris - Leaders from five African nations are gathering in Paris for a summit with officials from the US, France and Britain in hopes of co-ordinating a strategy against Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group that abducted more than 300 Nigerian girls.

France, which has negotiated freedom for a priest and a French family abducted by Boko Haram, has called Saturday's summit to share intelligence and work to find the kidnapped girls.

A Nigerian protests outside the Nigerian embassy in Madrid, Spain. Picture: Paul White. Credit: AP

Officials have said there will be no Western military operation and Nigeria has only reluctantly accepted outside help.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan cancelled a trip on Friday to the town where the girls were seized, apparently due to security concerns. - Sapa-AP