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Niger, Chad to fight against Boko Haram

11 June 2016, 15:36

Niamey - Niger's defence minister says his country and Chad will send troops to neighbouring Nigeria to fight Boko Haram extremists.

Hassoumi Massaoudou said that the military deployment by the two countries was meant to secure their borders from Islamic extremists, who have staged several attacks in recent weeks in Niger, including one in Bosso that killed at least 26 soldiers.

He would not give more details on the number of soldiers, or their timing, but said they would remain in Nigeria's Borno state until the zone was secured.

The two countries, along with Cameroon and Nigeria, are part of a multinational force committed to fighting Boko Haram.

The seven-year insurgency by the Nigeria-based extremists has killed at least 20 000 people and displaced 2.7 million people.

- AP


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