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Vol 54 No 2

Published 18th January 2013


Abuja’s foreign legion

The troops now on their way to Mali to fight alongside the French are extending the campaign against Boko Haram

The 900 troops sent this week to fight alongside French and local forces in Mali are joining an operation which the Nigerian government sees as an extension of its fight against Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria. Security officials in Abuja say militants from the Boko Haram Islamist militia have received instruction in combat and bomb-making in training camps in northern Mali and that some of the group’s leaders have sought sanctuary there after Nigerian security forces stepped up the hunt for Abubakar Shekau and other Boko Haram leaders.

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