Nigeria leader: Boko Haram is 'al-Qaida operation'

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A Nigerian, resident in Spain protests outside the Nigerian embassy in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 16, 2014 in support of the kidnapped school girls in Abuja, Nigeria. Boko Haram insurgents on April 15 abducted more than 300 students from the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School. Police say 53 managed to escape and 276 remain in captivity. (AP Photo/Paul White)

PARIS (AP) — Nigeria's president says Boko Haram, which is holding more than 200 girls captive, is "acting clearly as an al-Qaida operation" and is no longer a local problem.

President Goodluck Jonathan joined four other African leaders and representatives of France, Britain and the U.S. on Saturday to hammer out details of an international response to the Islamic extremist group.

French President Francois Hollande said the effort will involve sharing intelligence, protecting borders, and quick action in a crisis.

Hollande also emphasized that Boko Haram had clearly established ties with other terror groups in Africa, making it a problem throughout the continent and beyond.