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

A Nigerian, resident in Spain protests outside the Nigerian embassy in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 16, 2014 in support of the school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents on April 15. Police say 276 remain in captivity. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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.

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 Friday to the town where the girls were seized, apparently due to security concerns.

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