The UN chief will be encouraging officials in Addis to find a solution to the Boko Haram violence, Stephane Dujarric, told reporters late yesterday in New York.

Boko Haram is increasing its attacks as Nigeria prepares for February 14 elections. Thousands have been killed in the 5-year insurgency.

Hiroute Guebre Selassie,  UN Special Envoy for the Sahel region in Africa, earlier said she is concerned that Boko Haram's violent campaign could destabilize West Africa if current trends continue.

The Islamic extremists were reported this week to be rampaging through villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing, burning and looting with no troops protecting civilians, fleeing villagers said yesterday.

More than 40 people have been killed in seven villages in the attacks that started Friday.

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