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African leaders confront growing Islamic terror threat

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Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya, said Islamic terrorist groups are growing stronger in Africa.  (Source: FOX) Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya, said Islamic terrorist groups are growing stronger in Africa. (Source: FOX)

NAIROBI, KENYA (FOX) - Leaders in Africa on Tuesday discussed creating a special fund to combat the growing threat of Islamist militant groups across the continent.

Tuesday's emergency summit was aimed at fighting the threat of terrorism sweeping across Africa.

Terror groups like Boko Haram are launching attacks in Nigeria and Cameroon, and Somalia's al Shabaab rebels are striking targets in Kenya and Uganda.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, addressing leaders at the African Union Peace and Security Council Summit, said the terror groups are some of the greatest threats to international peace and security.

And Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta expressed fear over the growth of terrorist organizations.

Many African countries, including Kenya and Nigeria, are key Western allies in the global fight against radical Islam. Those country's security services receive training and support from the U.S. and Britain.

"The past decade has been characterized by the rise of violent extremism and terrorism on the continent as shown by the attacks carried out in Sahel, Saharan region, Nigeria, Central Africa and East Africa. The threat is further complicated by the growing links between terrorism and trans-national organized crime most notably drugs and arms trafficking, human smuggling, illicit proliferation of weapons and money laundering," Jonathan said.

Kenyatta stressed that countries must use any and all resources to fight militant groups.

"It is particularly worrying in Africa today how terrorists organizations have grown both in terms of number and capability. Boko Haram continues to destabilize parts of Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad with new tactics, like the abhorrent abduction of 200 school girls in the recent past, (another example is) al-Qaida in Islamic Maghreb," Kenyatta said. "We need to be able to deal with this threat and governments must indeed begin to accept that we must make available the resources required to fight this fight."

The details about who would contribute to the fund or how the money from the fund would be distributed are not being disclosed at this time.

But Saudi Arabia has said it would contribute $10 million to the African Union to fight militant groups.

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