UN Security Council nears resolution endorsing growing African fight against Boko Haram

Members of the U.N. Security Council are proposing that the international community support a five-nation African force fighting Boko Haram with money, equipment, troops and intelligence sharing.

A draft resolution obtained by The Associated Press invokes Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which means it can be militarily enforced.

Council member Chad has said it expects the resolution to be approved as early as next week.

Regional countries in recent weeks have put together the largest international effort yet to defeat Boko Haram after Nigeria's war against the Islamic extremists spilled over its borders.

Boko Haram killed an estimated 10,000 people last year and is blamed for last April's abduction of more than 275 schoolgirls.

The draft resolution demands the immediate release of anyone abducted by Boko Haram.