Boko Haram fighters trained in Somalia, says President

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Boko Haram fighters have been trained in Somalia before returning to West Africa, Somalia’s president told a security conference in Germany yesterday.

“Without a stable Somalia, the whole region of the Horn of Africa will remain unstable and by and large, the African continent.

There are proofs and evidence that (for) some time Boko Haram have been trained in Somalia and they went back to Nigeria,” President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said.

“The terrorists are so linked together, they are associated and so organised, (that) we the world we need to be so organised,” he added.

It was not clear from his comments whether he believed al Shabaab was still training Boko Haram fighters.

Somalia, plagued by political in-fighting, corruption and attacks by al Shabaab insurgents, has recently made limited progress towards creating a functioning political system.